• The UWindsor Master’s program in Sociology has a well-established reputation for critical and contemporary scholarship.
  • Students who enter into our thoughtfully designed program find that it offers an inclusive education that encourages discovery, and the expansion of their own creative ideas.
  • Our department is uniquely positioned to foster student engagement in the community.
  • A master’s degree prepares students for work in research settings including government, community based or market research, work in the private sector in areas that relate to human resources, equity, and community development.
  • We provide an environment conductive to research and learning that reflects disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to societies, cultures, crime, and social control in a changing world.

Ph.D. with a Specialization in Social Justice

  • Our PhD program in Sociology critically examines the emergence of contemporary global society, analyzing and evaluating its effects on people’s lives.
  • We attend to issues of power, change, and social inequalities, especially as they affect the social and policy environments. Our areas of expertise cover culture and community; migration and population; and crime and justice.
  • Our faculty members are renowned for providing attentive, individualized supervision that reflects our commitment to your professional and scholarly development.
  • The first program of its kind in Canada, it is grounded in a comprehensive approach including: immersion in a variety of data gathering techniques; substantive topics like community; research design; analysis and interpretation; and rigorous theorizing.
  • The program offers unique opportunities for student-professor collaboration, discovery, creativity, critical thinking, and community engagement.

Why pursue graduate studies with us?

  • Contemporary and critical scholarship
  • Tight-knit student society
  • Publically relevant, cutting-edge research
  • Diverse faculty members and students
  • Alignment with faculty research interests

Program Specific Admission Requirements

Deadline for Fall: 

M.A.: February 1

Ph.D.: February 1

*Applications to these programs will be accepted after this deadline, however, these applicants will only be considered if space and funding allows.

Minimum TOEFL: IBT-83

Minimum IELTS: 6.5

Minimum Pearson: 65

Additional Requirements


Two academic Referee Assessment Forms

Statement of Interest or Plan of Study

Curriculum Vitae or Resume

Program Stream Option Form


Letter from applicant including area for dissertation research. Students are encouraged to identify one (1) or more members of the department's graduate faculty with whom they would like to work.

A sample of written work.

Personal statement (max 500 words) that answers both questions:

How have you been involved in social justice issues through research, work or community activity?


How do you envision your research contributing to social justice?

Three Referee Assessment Forms. Two should be from academic referees (e.g. MA Supervisor) and one can be from a non-academic referee who has been in a supervisory or mentor role. 

Curriculum Vitae or Resume.

General admission requirements for all Graduate Programs

Scholarships and Funding

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