The MA in Sociology allows you to gain advanced training in a wide variety of sociological methods and theories. Our courses and materials explore the traditional foundations of sociology while also offering opportunities to consider new and emerging areas of social inquiry. You will conduct studies that address contemporary social problems and examine various cultural practices that impact individuals on personal, local and global levels. Our faculty members have connections to multiple research centres, such as the Centre for the Interdisciplinary Study of Culture and Society, the Centre for Broadcasting and Journalism Studies, the Centre for Technoculture and Games (TAG), and the newly launched Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology. Well-known for encouraging students to participate in local, national and international research projects, our faculty also includes Quebec's first-ever Research Chair on Gambling.
Solid undergraduate preparation with a
range of competence similar to that demanded of Major students at
Concordia, and a minimum B average in their undergraduate studies.
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.
Language Requirements. Thesis
proposals which depend on special linguistic skills will be accepted
only from students competent in the appropriate languages.
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
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.