Sociology (M.A.)

Program Description

The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Sociology (Thesis) offered by the Department of Sociology in the Faculty of Arts is a research-intensive program that emphasizes transformative and challenging learning opportunities. The program's objective is to equip students with skills in intellectual independence, literature synthesis, and scientific communication to either continue their studies or pursue professional opportunities.

The program may also be taken as one of the following options:

Development Studies option: gives students the opportunity to develop a unique set of tools to pursue their journey either by working with development organizations or government agencies, or pursuing a disciplinary-based or multi-disciplinary doctoral degree. The thesis must relate to a topic closely related to Development Studies.

Gender and Women's Studies option: provides students the opportunity to pursue coursework on feminist, women's, and gender studies. The thesis be on a topic that significantly engages with issues of gender and/or women and/or feminism.

Unique Program Features

  • The program provides students with opportunities to take small, research-intensive seminars, pursue individual interests, and work closely with professors;
  • The Department is recognized as an exceptional place for learning and research: It is consistently ranked among the top sociology departments in the world;
  • Faculty members include award-winning researchers and teachers with a strong international focus;
  • The Department has three broad areas of specialization: comparative political sociology and development, diversity and inequalities, and population and health.

University-Level Admission Requirements

  • An eligible Bachelor's degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA out of a possible 4.0 GPA
  • English-language proficiency

Each program has specific admission requirements including required application documents. Please visit the program website for more details.

Visit our Educational credentials and grade equivalencies and English language proficiency webpages for additional information.

Program Website

MA in Sociology website

Department Contact

Graduate Program graduate.sociology [at] (subject: MA%20in%20Sociology%20(Thesis)) (email)

Available Intakes


Application Deadlines

Intake Applications Open Application Deadline - International Application Deadline - Domestic (Canadian, Permanent Resident of Canada)
FALL September 15 January 7 January 7

Note: Application deadlines are subject to change without notice. Please check the application portal for the most up-to-date information.

Application Resources

Application Workshops

Consult our full list of our virtual application-focused workshops on the Events webpage.

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