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Please note: additional supervisors may be available. Contact the program for more information.
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.
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.
Students are required to prepare a thesis and successfully defend in an open oral defense.
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.
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.
An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:
For admission on September 1:
Canadians and permanent residents:
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