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Master of Arts (MA)

Course-based program

Program overview

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.

Course-based program

6 courses plus a professional seminar and major research paper course.

Learn more about program requirements in the Academic Calendar

Classroom delivery

Time commitment

12 months


No supervisor is required.

Fees and funding

See the Graduate Calendar for information on fees and fee regulations, and for information on awards and financial assistance.

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Admission Requirements


A minimum of 3.3 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.

Minimum education

Students must hold a four-year degree from a recognized/accredited institution. If degree was received from a university outside of Canada, refer to the country-specific degree requirements.

Demonstrated competence in sociological theory, social methodology, and social statistics, in addition to a substantive interest.

Work samples

A sample of written work.


A written statement of intent.


Reference letters


Test scores


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:

*Please contact your program of interest if you have any questions about ELP requirements.


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

Learn more about this program

Department of Sociology

Social Sciences Building, Room 956A
618 Campus Place NW
Calgary, ABT2N 1N4


Visit the Department of Sociology website


Faculty of Arts

University of Calgary

2500 University Drive NW

Calgary, AB T2N 1N4

Visit the Faculty of Arts website