MA Program

The MA Program ensures that the students acquire a thorough knowledge of sociological theory, methodology, and a body of literature in a substantive area of sociology.

Depending on qualifications and background, you may expect to complete all degree requirements within twenty months. We require four core courses, two elective courses, and a thesis.

An undergraduate Honours degree in sociology or its equivalent, with a minimum GPA of 3.5, is normally a prerequisite for entry to the MA Program.

Students without the equivalent of an Honours degree in sociology, who have been out of university for two or more years, may be considered for admission following the completion of additional courses equivalent to an Honours degree. Such students must have a GPA of at least 3.7 in their qualifying year and a cumulative GPA of 3.5 to be considered for admission.

Additional details are available in the the Department of Sociology Graduate Handbook and the Graduate Course Timetables.

Supervision & Research

Students accepted into the Graduate Program will be assigned a Supervisor at the time of admission, based on a match between the stated research program of the student and the faculty member's areas of interest and expertise.

Our aim is to provide each student with a Supervisor who is a Sociology faculty member  interested in their research topic area. Students are, of course, free to change Supervisors once they arrive if a more appropriate individual is available. Adjunct Faculty and Honorary Research Associates may serve as co-supervisors.

The Supervisor will be aided by the other members of the student's Supervisory Committee. Supervisory Committees typically consist of 2-3 individuals for an MA and 3 to 5 members for a PhD; the majority of whom must be members of the Sociology Graduate Academic Unit.