Michael Adorjan


Master of Arts (MA)

Thesis-based program

Program overview

Master of Arts students will gain a world-class education that lays the foundation for further study at a doctoral level, or for professional employment. Recent research topics include refugee resettlement, service provision in safe consumption sites and homeless shelters, indigenous women's experience of incarceration programs, theories of environmental risk, improving hospital experience of aboriginal patients, the presentation of self online, wellbeing in professional work, and inclusion practices of Black and Caribbean youth. The 20-month program provides foundational training in sociological theory, methods and statistics, as well as substantive courses of interest. Students benefit from a professor/student ratio that guarantees access to support and feedback.

Completing this program

  • Core Courses: Students take courses in social statistics, research methods, and theory.

  • Master's Seminar: Students complete training seminar in professional sociology and preparation of a thesis prospectus.

  • Additional Courses: Topics may include health and illness, ethnicity and racialization, gender, urban sociology, indigenous issues, deviance and social control, and more.

  • Thesis: Students will be required to submit and defend an original research thesis.


Health sector, education, government, non-profit, researcher, analyst, program evaluation, clinician.

A master’s degree in sociology will give you the pre-requisite for a PhD.

Thesis-based program

Students are required to prepare a thesis and successfully defend in an open oral defense.

Classroom delivery

Time commitment

20 months full-time; four years maximum


A supervisor is required, but it is not necessary to find a supervisor before applying to the program.  MA supervisors are normally appointed after the first semester.

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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Learn about faculty available to supervise this degree.
Please note: additional supervisors may be available. Contact the program for more information.

  1. Michael Adorjan

    Michael Adorjan

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    youth and cyber risk, fear of crime, perceptions of police, social construction of youth crime, social construction of social problems
  2. Pallavi Banerjee

    Pallavi Banerjee

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    Alex Bierman

    Sociology of mental health; aging; quantitative research methods; social psychology; sociology of religion
  4. Dean Curran

    Dean Curran

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    Risk; Theory; Inequality; Environment; Finance; Digital
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    Ariel Ducey

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    Emotions and affect; health care work and caring labor; science, technology and innovation in medicine; political economy of health care
  6. Erin Gibbs Van Brunschot

    Erin Gibbs Van Brunschot

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  7. Mezquita-Catedral de Córdoba

    Abdie Kazemipur

    Accepting Inquiries
    immigration, ethnic relations, religion, secularization, social capital, Muslim minorities in the West
  8. Scott McLean

    Scott McLean

    Accepting Inquiries
    Historical sociology; sociology of education; popular culture
  9. Fiona Nelson

    Fiona Nelson

    Accepting Inquiries
    Gender and Sexuality, Childhood and Youth, Mothering and Motherhood, Media/Pop Culture
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    Matt Patterson

    Accepting Inquiries
    Urban Sociology, Sociology of Culture, Sociological Theory

Admission requirements


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.

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, normally through course work, in classical and contemporary sociological theory, social research methods, and social statistics.

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:

  • Dec. 15 application deadline

International students:

  • Dec. 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, AB, T2N 1N4

Contact the Graduate Program Administrator

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Faculty of Arts

University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4

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