MA Application

MA in Anthropology Programme (Fall 2021 Admission)

For September 2021 admission, the MA in Anthropology programme will be open for application on 1 September 2020, and the application deadlines are: 15 October 2020 (1st round), 15 November 2020 (2nd round), 15 December 2020 (3rd round) and 31 January 2020 (4th round). Rolling admission will start from November 2020.

The tuition fee (pending university approval) is HK$138,500 per annum (full-time); HK$69,250 per annum (part-time).

Applicants are required to submit the application via the Graduate School Online Application System, and mail the supporting documents to our Division.

For inquiry, please contact our General Office at (852) 3943-7670 or 3943-7677, or email to anthropology@cuhk.edu.hk.

Download the MA Prorgamme brochure here.

Information Session

If you are interested in this programme and would like to explore more, please join our information sessions. Our professors will introduce the programme in detail, and our MA graduates will share their experiences. Please register online.

Session 1
Prof. Sealing Cheng and Prof. Andrew Kipnis will join this session.
Date: Oct 24 (Sat) 2020
Time: 2-4 pm
Venue: Online using ZOOM (Meeting link: https://cuhk.zoom.us/j/93048994161  Meeting ID: 930 4899 4161  Passcode: 737703)

Session 2
Prof. Teresa Kuan and Prof. Andrew Kipnis will join this session.
Date: 21 Nov (Sat) 2020
Time: 2-4 pm
Venue: Online using ZOOM. (Meeting Link: https://cuhk.zoom.us/j/98362878334 Meeting ID: 983 6287 8334 Passcode: 817307)

Both sessions will be conducted mainly in English, with multilingual (English, Putonghua and Cantonese) Q&A. Please register online.

Application Documents
  • *Tuition Fee: HK$138,500 per annum (full-time); HK$69,250 per annum (part-time) *tentative, subject to University approval
  • Applicants should apply online via the Graduate School Online Application System (starting date: 1st  September 2020), upload scanned copies of the following supporting documents to the system, AND mail the hard copies of the documents to the Division of Anthropology by the deadline.

Applications for admission to the MA Programme should include:

  1. Official transcripts of all tertiary level studies (bachelor’s degree and higher), with official signature and stamp, and submitted in sealed official envelope. Please see Graduate School Admission Requirements for details. (Note: For students with non-CUHK qualifications, photocopies of transcripts will not be accepted; for students with CUHK qualifications, photocopies of transcripts issued by CUHK will be accepted.)
  2. Two confidential recommendations report (online or hard copy). Please see Graduate School Application Procedure for details.
  3. Score reports or certificates as proof of English language proficiency. Please see Graduate School Admission Requirements for details. (Note: For students who graduated from a university that does not use English as the medium of instruction and need to submit English test scores, The Department prefers TOEFL (550 or above, paper-based/79 or above, Internet-based) or IELTS (academic, band 6.5 or above). TOEFL and IELTS scores are considered valid for two years from the test date.)
  4. A copy of the applicant’s HKID card or other identity document.
  5. Copies of certificates of academic qualifications, e.g. university certificate of graduation. (Note: Applicants who obtained degrees from universities in Mainland China are required to provide an Online Verification Report of Higher Education Qualification Certificate (教育部學歷證書電子註冊備案表) issued by the CHESICC (學信網).)
  6. A one-page Statement of Purpose, explaining why the applicant wants to study anthropology at CUHK (See FAQ).

All documents above should be sent to our Division BY THE DEADLINE:

Division of Anthropology
RM 407 Humanities Bldg., New Asia College
The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, N.T.
Hong Kong
(Please quote your application number and specify ‘Application for MA Programme’ on the envelope.)


The programme is intended for intelligent students with university degrees and/or work experience who are eager to study anthropology.

Candidates should meet all Graduate School qualification criteria such as a bachelor’s degrees with second degree honors (lower) or better, and the English language requirements. In unusual cases, students with lower grades may be considered for the programme, but they must offer a justification in their application.

Past academic performance, work experience, references, motivation and language ability will all be considered in the admission decision.

Application Results

Applications will be considered in four rounds, and we encourage students to apply early:

  • Deadline of 1st round application is 15 October 2020.
  • Deadline of 2nd round application is 15 November 2020.
  • Deadline of 3rd round application is 15 December 2020.
  • Deadline of 4th round application is 31 January 2021.

Application results will be posted on the homepage of the Graduate School from mid-November 2020 to mid-March 2021. Successful applications, in normal case, will receive the offer letter latest by the end of May. Applicants will not be informed separately if their applications are not successful.

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