Program list & descriptions

Sociology ( Masters )

Graduate studies in sociology are designed to emphasize the connections between core areas and to encourage students to develop competencies in more than one area. The MA program contains a core of theory and method designed to provide flexibility for students as well as to reflect the diversity that characterizes the discipline. Individual programs beyond the core are designed to fit students' interests and to supplement areas in which they may require additional work, insofar as faculty resources and specializations permit. The department offers two programs leading to the MA degree: thesis and non-thesis option. Normally, students will declare their intention to pursue one option by the end of April of their first year in the graduate program.


Prerequisite Minimum standing
BA B+ (upper second class)

Applicants must also meet the general admission requirements for the Faculty of Graduate Studies.


Entry point Domestic students International students
September May 31 (Feb 1 for financial support) December 15


  • Resume/CV
  • Statement of interest
  • Sample of written work
  • For details, please consult the Sociology website

Program advisers

Department directory

Group/Position Name Telephone Office E-mail
Department Secretary Zoe Lu 250-472-4949 COR A332
Graduate Secretary Aileen Chong 250-721-7572 COR A333
FAX 250-721-6217
Chair Sean Hier 250-853-3771 COR A336

Co-operative education opportunities

What is co-op?

Co-operative education (co-op) is a learning strategy that lets you:

  • alternate your academic studies with paid, relevant work experience in your field of study
  • enrich your academic studies by drawing on practical, real-world experience from your work terms
  • develop competencies to excel in the workplace
  • potentially pursue work terms related to your graduate research or project
Can you do co-op?

Graduate co-op may be available to students who are pursuing thesis and non-thesis (or professional) degrees. Participation is optional, and admission is determined after consultation with your graduate adviser and department. Contact the co-op program in your degree area for details, or email

Note: Co-op is not open to one-year graduate degrees, graduate certificates and diplomas, and non-degree graduate students.

What other career development support does UVic offer?

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