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Application Requirements

Your application must include the following:

1) Online application 

2) A statement of intent

3) A short CV or resumé

4) One or two term papers or essays (samples of work)

5) Three letters of recommendation completed online by your referees.

6) Official transcript(s) of all university coursework up to the time of application (do not wait until you have received your final marks for the year).

7) $75 non-refundable application fee (to be paid with online application)


Graduate Studies will forward your on-line application to the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology. You should send items two through four listed above in one package to the department.  Your official transcripts must be sent by the registrar(s) of the university or universities which you have attended directly to the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology's Graduate Chair.

Generally admissions to the M.A. program for September of a given year are closed around the middle of March, except for applications which have been held over for receipt of the transcript of final marks.  This may happen if a deserving applicant has not quite attained a 75% before the final term of study. Thus, application materials should be received no later than the 15th of January.  Admission to the M.A. program in January may be considered by the department.  For further information, contact the Graduate Chair.

Statement of intent

Your statement should be no longer than one page, printed or typewritten.  Proper spelling and grammar are important.  We do not require you to have a thesis topic in hand, but we would like you to be as concrete and specific as possible in describing the nature of the research you would like to do for your thesis.  There is no harm in outlining more than one area of interest, but do not write so as to give the impression that you are willing to do anything.

Curriculum vitae

This can be very brief.  We want to know what work experience you have had which is relevant to your academic career.

Samples of work

Please choose essays or terms papers which have substantial arguments or other critical content. Original copies with the instructor’s comments and grading would be appreciated, if possible. If you have published a paper, that would be a very suitable submission.

Online letters of recommendation

Please choose your referees carefully.  They should be academics who have substantial knowledge of your performance (two or more upper year courses), or supervisors of summer field work, for example.  Business persons for whom you have worked in contexts unrelated to your academic plans are not suitable referees.  You will need to have ready the names, positions and email addresses of your references at the time of completing your  online application. After you have submitted your online application and paid the application fee, your referees are emailed a web link to complete their letter of recommendation online.

University of Saskatchewan students requesting letters of recommendation from U of S faculty are requested to provide the faculty member with the following:

* Copy of statement of intent
* U of S unofficial transcript 

Official Transcript

Your official transcripts must be sent by the registrar(s) of the university or universities which you have attended.  It is important that we receive your transcripts as early as possible.  Be sure to order them from your registrar as soon as you know what programs you are going to apply to.

Application Fee

The College of Graduate Studies and Research is requiring a $75.00 non-refundable application fee to be included with each graduate application.   Every applicant must pay a $75 (Canadian dollars) application fee. Please check the College of Graduate website regarding payment options.