Design and conduct a study that addresses a pressing contemporary social problem. Develop a deeper understand of various cultural and cross-cultural practices and differences that impact individuals on personal, local and global levels.
The MA in Sociology provides a critical and politically engaged research setting where you will develop advanced training in a wide variety of sociological methods and theories. Course materials and resources enable students to skillfully explore traditional topics in sociology, while also offering opportunities to consider new and emerging areas of social inquiry.
An undergraduate degree with honours or specialization in sociology, with a grade point average of 3.00 (B average) is required. An undergraduate degree with a major in sociology, with a grade point average of 3.00 (B average) will also be considered provided that the background preparation is acceptable. Applicants with degrees in cognate disciplines with higher grade point averages will also be considered.
Applicants who lack certain prerequisite courses may be required to take a qualifying program of up to 12 undergraduate credits in addition to the regular graduate program. For the qualifying program a grade point average of 3.00 (B average) is required.
Applicants with deficiencies in their undergraduate preparation may be required to take up to 24 undergraduate independent credits.
Applications to the program must be accompanied by a preliminary statement (roughly 500 words in length) of the student's intentions regarding research and thesis.
Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the Graduate Admission page for further information on the Language Proficiency requirements and exemptions.
Credits. A fully-qualified candidate is required to complete a minimum of 45 credits. Additional courses may be taken from outside the program, subject to the advice and approval of the student's supervisor or the Graduate Program Director.
Supervision. At the beginning of the first term of full-time or part-time study, the student is assigned an interim advisor for the duration of the first term. At the beginning of the second term in the case of full-time study, or the equivalent in terms of part-time study, the student must select a permanent thesis supervisor and a second faculty member to serve on the Thesis Committee. Members of the Thesis Committee evaluate the thesis. The thesis will be examined by an Examining Committee, composed of the thesis supervisor and the second committee member, and a third faculty member chosen in consultation with the Graduate Program Director. The responsibility for the composition of the Thesis Committee rests with the student in consultation with and subject to the approval of the Graduate Program Director.
Language Requirement. A working knowledge of English and French is recommended although written work may be submitted in either language.
Master of/Magisteriate in Arts in Sociology with Thesis (Option A)
Courses. Each student 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.SOCI 691 (21 credits): 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 actual thesis, SOCI 691. This will take the form of a written thesis (21 credits) of at least article length. 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): The essay is written 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.
Students enrolled in option A are required to demonstrate their ability to carry out independent research. A thesis proposal serves as the basis for the elaboration of the written thesis.
Option B asks students to write a research essay under the supervision of a faculty member. Essays are evaluated by two faculty members, including the supervisor, and can be either a literature review or a report on empirical research.
Statement of Purpose (three pages double spaced plus bibliography) should include:
Your research intentions and the methods you propose to use,
A short presentation of relevant debates and theories with which your work will engage,
The name of a potential supervisor whose research area is compatible with your interests with whom you would like to work. It is recommended that contact be made with a potential supervisor prior to submitting an application.
Sample of writing (optional)
Transcripts for all post-secondary institutions attended
*January 15 is the deadline for applicants who wish to be considered for funding. Applicants who do not require funding must submit applications by April 1. It is recommended that International students apply by March 15th to allow adequate time to obtain study permits.
**Winter: Late applications may be considered until November 15th.
PLEASE NOTE: Admission is suspended for winter 2020 for the following programs:
SOCIMA2M (Soci (B Without Thesis-Essay),
SOCAMATH (Social & Cult Anth (A Thesis), and
SOCIMA1A (Sociology (A With Thesis).
Faculty members are involved with research initiatives at the local, national and international levels. As world experts in a variety of emerging and established fields, their findings are well represented in a number of recent publications.
SAGSA also hosts an annual interdisciplinary student conference in March. Previous editions have seen students from across Quebec and Canada present their research and foster dialogue across disciplines. Keynote speakers from past conferences have included Dr. Ram Jahku, Dr. Charmaine A. Nelson, and Dr. Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier.
The Disestablishmentarian is a bi-annual peer-reviewed publication administered under the editorial direction of graduate students in the Department of Sociology & Anthropology. The journal is strongly interdisciplinary and intended for emerging scholars of social and cultural analysis.
Our alumni are highly sought after by colleges, community organizations, federal funding agencies, non-profit organizations, government agencies, social networking companies, think tanks and universities. Recent graduates are working as academic directors, consultants, educators, instructors, professors, research associates and research coordinators.
Examples of organizations and institutions our alumni are currently working for include:
Canadian House of Wisdom
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Ontario Pharmacy Evidence Network
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons
University of Prince Edward Island
University of Waterloo
Many graduates also choose to continue their studies at the Doctoral level and have become faculty members in sister universities.