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Sociology (MA)

Master of Arts (MA)

The program aims to provide students with upper-level training in a wide variety of sociological theories and methods. It encourages students to engage their sociological imaginations in a number of different contexts and prepares them to do both academic and applied sociological work in a range of governmental and non-governmental sectors.

Why pursue a master's in sociology?

The Master of Arts (MA) in Sociology degree program provides advanced studies in general sociology and various specialized research fields.Offered since 1972, the MA program targets students interested in pursuing careers as sociologists or who currently work in occupations where sociological studies add value.

The MA program, like other graduate degree programs in sociology, emphasizes a pluralistic approach to scholarly theory and methods. Students are inspired to engage in a wide range of research emphases in both established and emerging fields.

Research is an essential component of the MA program and faculty members encourage student participation in research projects at the local, national and international levels. Students have opportunities to work as research assistants on individual faculty research projects or as part of a team on projects associated with another centre of research. Students are also involved in innovative student-initiated research projects, theses and essays.


Research is integral part of all three programs and faculty members encourage students to participate in projects within the department or at affiliated research centres. Faculty are involved with research initiatives at the local, national and international levels. Their research foci include:


  • Community, Migration, Travel, Transnational links, Elites, Youth
  • Feminisms, Ethnography, Histories of Anthropology
  • Imperialism, Neoliberalism, Political Anthropology
  • Environment and Infrastructure, Politics, Bureaucracy
  • Gender and Development, Legal Anthropology, Muslim Feminisms
  • The Body and Senses, Law and Society, Culture and Commerce, Art and Aesthetics
  • Creolization, Language and Culture, Food
  • Indigenous studies, ethnography, participatory research
  • State Violence, Racialization, Citizenship
  • Political Economy, Marxist Theory, Cultural and Critical Theory
  • Family, Suicide, Sociological Theory, Modernity
  • Emotions, morality, suffering and wellbeing, culture
  • Risk, Surveillance, Social Justice
  • Demography, History of Quebec/Canadian Population, Family
  • Food and Sustainability, Social Economy, World-System Studies
  • Youth, Addictive Behaviours, Population Health
  • Self, Body, Gender, Sexuality, Popular Media, Cultural Theory
  • Environmental governance and neoliberalism; Eco-citizenry; Post-humanism
  • Social and cultural theory, Journalism and media studie
  • Medicine, Gender, Racialization
  • Sex Industry, Mixed Methodologies, Social Justice, Policy Research
  • Digital Culture, Science and Technology, Social Theory
  • Social theory, Deviance, Sociology of Law
  • Men, Bodies, Senses
  • Quebec, Social Movements, Political Sociology

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Program details

Master of/Magisteriate in Arts in Sociology with Thesis (Option A)

Courses. Each sstudent must satisfactorily complete the following program: SOCI 602, 603, 612,  613, 660, 690; a course in the area of research (3 credits); one elective course (3 credits), SOCI 691 (21 credits).

Thesis. Students enrolled in the thesis option are required to demonstrate their ability to carry out independent research which reflects a scientific approach. The thesis proposal, SOCI 690 (prepared within the confines of the thesis tutorial) will serve as the basis for the elaboration of the written thesis, SOCI 691. The student will then orally defend the thesis before an examining committee. The thesis may be written in either English or French.

Master of/Magisteriate in Arts in Sociology without Thesis (Essay - Option B)

Courses. Each student must satisfactorily complete the following program: SOCI 602, 603, 612,  613, 660, 695 (18 credits) and 12 credits of electives.

Essay. SOCI 695 (18 credits): Each student is required to write the essay under the supervision of one faculty member and is evaluated by two faculty members, including the supervisor. It can either be a literature review of a substantive nature, or a report on empirical research. Students are expected to submit work of publishable or near publishable quality. The appropriate length of the essay is approximately 40 pages.

Note 1. All students are required to plan courses related to their own interests with the help of advisors.
Note 2. No more than 6 credits of elective studies taken outside the discipline may be credited towards the degree.

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