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Sociology (MA)

In this MA program, you'll learn graduate-level quantitative and qualitative methods and social theory. You’ll engage in coursework that will give you a foundation in sociology research. You'll create either a thesis or conduct a major research project.

Our research strengths include:

  • ecology, global issues and social movements
  • gender, racialization and ethnicity
  • sociology of crime and law
  • health, aging and society

You have the option of combining this program with the interdisciplinary Cultural, Social and Political Thought MA.

Expected length Project or thesis Course-based
2 years Yes No

Quick facts

Program options:
Study options:
Full-time study
Program delivery:
Dynamic learning:
Co-op optional


Graduates with an MA in sociology will be able to:

  • use sociological approaches to analyze social issues and problems
  • demonstrate expertise in at least one of the department’s four main areas of research
  • synthesize, critique, and apply sociological theories and perspectives
  • demonstrate competency in both qualitative and quantitative methods
  • design and implement theory-guided and methodologically sound research
  • communicate research effectively to broader audiences
  • participate in professional activities and develop teaching skills

Find a supervisor

All graduate students in this program are assigned a faculty member who serves as their academic supervisor. When you apply:

  • You should list one or more potential supervisors on your application

To find a supervisor, review the faculty contacts. When you've found a faculty member whose research complements your own, you are encouraged to contact that person to explore common interests before applying.

Aaron H. Devor

Chair in Transgender Studies and Professor Sex, gender and transgender

André Smith

Associate Professor, Honours Program Advisor Aging

Anelyse Weiler

Assistant Professor food and agriculture, migrant workers, food security, food and farm workers, qualitative methods, political ecology

Athena Madan

Assistant Professor Global health, health equity, humanitarian intervention, therapeutic governance and reconciliation, decoloniality

Bruce Ravelli

Teaching Professor Community-Engaged Learning, Social Inequality, Instructional Design

Garry Gray

Associate Professor Criminology, Public Health, Ethics, Institutions, Socio-Legal Studies

Katelin Albert

Assistant Professor Health and Medicine, Vaccines, Health Technology, and Science and Technology Studies, Genders and Sexualities, Sexual Health, Social Theory & Feminist Theory, Sociology of Knowledge

Midori Ogasawara

Assistant Professor Surveillance, technology, identification, biometrics, colonialism, data justice

Min Zhou

Professor, Graduate Advisor International sociology, global change, quantitative methods, East Asian societies

Peyman Vahabzadeh

Professor. Undergraduate Advisor (July 2023-June 2024) Human action and social movements, social theory, phenomenology, postcolonial studies, violence and nonviolence

Sean Hier

Professor Moral Panics and Social Problems.

Steve Garlick

Associate Professor and Chair Gender and Social Theory

Tamara Humphrey

Assistant Professor criminology, development and life-course theories of crime, criminal justice system, quantitative methods, domestic violence, bullying, gender and crime

William K. Carroll

Professor Corporate capitalism, climate crisis, social movements and social change

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Application deadlines

September – apply by January 15

If you don’t need funding, you have until May 31 to apply.

September – apply by January 15

If you don’t need funding, you have until May 31 to apply.

Admission requirements

Program specific requirements

You must have a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in sociology.

As part of your application, you must submit:

  • a writing sample that demonstrates your ability to undertake sociological analysis (e.g. a copy of your honour’s thesis; or an assignment from a 4th year undergraduate class or graduate-level class)
  • a letter of intent (1-2 pages in length) – a short essay which clearly states your research interests with references to relevant academic literature; which faculty member you would like to work with as a potential supervisor, and if you have contacted them; and why you are a good candidate for admission to the master’s program
  • names and email addresses of 2 references
  • post-secondary transcripts

Program specific requirements

You must have a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in sociology.

As part of your application, you must submit:

  • a writing sample
  • two reference names and their email addresses
  • post-secondary transcripts

Completion requirements

View the minimum course requirements for this program.

View the minimum course requirements for this program.

Funding & aid

Tuition & fees

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Faculties & departments

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Contact Aileen Chong at or 250-721-7572.

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