Master of Arts students will gain a world-class education that lays the foundation for further study at the doctoral level or professional employment. The 12-month program provides training in sociological theory, research methods, statistics, as well as substantive courses of interest. Students benefit from a professor/student ratio that guarantees access to support and feedback.
Students in the course-based program will complete course requirements in the Fall and Winter terms, and a major research paper in a 6-unit capstone course in the spring and summer terms. Themes and options for the major research paper will be established by the capstone course instructor(s), in consultation with students during their first two terms of study.
Completing this program
- Core courses: Students take courses in social statistics, research methods, theory and training in professional sociology.
- Additional courses: topics may include health and illness, ethnicity and racialization, gender, urban sociology, indigenous issues, deviance and social control, and more.
- Major research paper, completed over spring and summer terms.
Health sector, education, government, non-profit, researcher, analyst, program evaluation, clinician.
A course-based master’s degree in sociology will give you the pre-requisite for a PhD.
A minimum of 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.
Demonstrated competence, normally through course work, in classical and contemporary sociological theory, social research methods, and social statistics.
A sample of written work.
A written statement of intent.
English language proficiency (ELP)
An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT including TOEFL iBT Home Edition) minimum score of 86 (Internet-based, with no section less than 20).
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 (with no section less than 6.0).
- Cambridge C1 Advanced or Cambridge C2 Proficiency minimum score of 180.
- Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of 59 or higher
- Canadian Academic English Language test (CAEL) overall score of 70 (no section less than 60).
- Academic Communication Certificate (ACC) minimum of B+ in each course.
- Duolingo English Test obtaining a minimum score of 125 (with no sub-score below 105). (temporary until Fall 2024 intake)
For admission on September 1:
- Canadians and permanent residents: December 15 application deadline
- International students: December 15 application deadline
If you're not a Canadian or permanent resident, or if you have international credentials, make sure to learn about international requirements
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