MA in Anthropology

Introduction to the Program

The MA in Anthropology at ECNU is a three year Master’s degree program taught in English.

About East China Normal University

Founded in Shanghai in October 1951, East China Normal University (ECNU) is one of the most prestigious universities in China and is sponsored by the national programs “Project 211” and “Project 985”. For more information visit the ECNU page here.

About the Program

The graduate programme in Social and Cultural Anthropology in the Research Institute of Anthropology at East China Normal University offers a 3-year MA programme which may lead to the PhD, or can be undertaken on its own. Our fields cover general socio-cultural anthropology and applied anthropology, with particular specialities and courses in the anthropology of food, visual anthropology, the anthropology of development, the anthropology of religion, ethnicity and minorities in China.

The MA programme is centred on the core courses of Cultural Anthropology, Anthropological Theory, and Anthropological Methods. Major elective courses include Issues of Power and Religion; the Anthropology of Food; Kinship, Gender and Women; Visual and Media Anthropology; Economic and Environmental Anthropology. Core courses cover anthropological classics, the history and theory of anthropology, ethnicity and Chinese minorities, and the anthropology of Chinese society. Other options in urban anthropology, anthropology of the state, and the anthropology of tourism are also available. The Institute also includes the Centre of Ethnicity and Development which concentrates research and teaching expertise in the areas of development and ethnicity.

Start Date of the Program


Entry Requirements

  • The MA programme welcomes applicants who hold a BA (not limited to anthropology) and are sticking to the principle of critical thinking. We firmly welcome those with original ideas and will provide strong support for graduate students to orient their studies and research to field of interest through various seminars, discussions as well as fieldwork surveys.
  • Scores from TOEFL, IELTS or other international or national English proficiency examinations

Application Deadline

15th June

Tuition Fees

The tuition fees are RMB25000 per year. The total for the 3 year program is 75,000 RMB.


There are four international student dorms on Zhongshan Rd. Campus: International Exchange Service Center, No.1 International Student Residence Hall, No.2 International Student Residence Hall, and No.12 Student Residence Hall. For further information on the accommodation visit the accommodation page here.

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