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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Thesis-based program

Program overview

Students in the Archaeology program experience a hands-on approach combining rigorous classroom and laboratory training with field work around the world. Opportunities for field experience have ranged from Western Canada to the circumpolar North, as well as Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. The program is offered through the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, which embraces an integrative approach under the guidance of distinguished faculty members. Research areas include cultural heritage management, development of complexity, ethnoarchaeology, human-environment interaction, landscape, paleobotany, bioarchaeology, and social identity.

Completing this program

  • Core Courses: Theoretical Foundations and Topics in Archaeological Theory and Method or Theory and its Application in Biological Anthropology.
  • Professional Skills Course: Professional Skills for Anthropologists or its equivalent.
  • Thesis: Students will be required to submit and defend an original research thesis.
  • Additional Courses: Students may study hunter-gatherer adaptations, origins of agriculture, development of complex societies or other topics.
  • Candidacy: Students will complete a research proposal and both oral and written candidacy exams.
  • Field Work: Two seasons of field work, or an approved program of laboratory work for one of the field work seasons.


Biological Anthropology (Interdisciplinary)


Museum Curator, Cultural Resource Management, Heritage Regulator, academic positions.

A PhD in archaeology is usually considered a final degree.

Thesis-based program

Students are required to prepare a thesis and successfully defend in an open oral defense.


Two core courses and two electives

Learn more about program requirements in the Academic Calendar

Classroom delivery

Time commitment

Four years full time; six years maximum


A supervisor is required, but is not required prior to the start of the program

Fees and funding

See the Graduate Calendar for information on fees and fee regulations, and for information on awards and financial assistance.

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Learn about faculty available to supervise this degree.
Please note: additional supervisors may be available. Contact the program for more information.

  1. Andrea Freeman

    Andrea Freeman

    Accepting Inquiries
    Geoarcheology, Pedagogy in Geography and archaeology
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    Diane Lyons

    Accepting Inquiries
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    Julio Mercader Florin

    Accepting Inquiries
    Environmental Archaeology, Geoarchaeology, Bioarchaeology, Chemical and Materials Science approaches to the Past
  4. Photograph of Dr. Elizabeth Paris

    Elizabeth Paris

    Accepting Inquiries
    Mesoamerican archaeology, Maya culture, Urbanism, Lithic analysis, Zooarchaeology, Archaeometallurgy, Compositional analysis, Economic archaeology
  5. Photo of Kathryn Reese-Taylor

    Kathryn Reese-Taylor

    Accepting Inquiries
    Maya archaeology, Mesoamerican anthropology, Remote sensing in archaeology, Landscape archaeology, Urbanism, Ceramic analysis

Admission requirements


A minimum of 3.3 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.

Minimum education

A master’s degree or equivalent from a recognized institution.

Work samples

A specimen of relevant written work.


  • A concise statement setting forth the reasons for wishing to pursue graduate work in this department

Reference letters


Test scores


English language proficiency (ELP)

An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:

*Please contact your program of interest if you have any questions about ELP requirements.


For admission on September 1:

  • Canadians and permanent residents: December 15 application deadline
  • International students: December 15 application deadline

If you're not a Canadian or permanent resident, or if you have international credentials, make sure to learn about international requirements

Learn more about this program

Department of Anthropology and Archaeology

Earth Sciences 620

2500 University Drive NW

Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4

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Faculty of Arts

University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4

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