Master of Arts in Sociology & Criminology


Our Master’s program in Sociology provides students with critical training in research methods and sociological theories. Together with the M.A. in Criminology, the Masters graduate program has three thematic clusters: Culture and Community, Migration and Population, and Crime and Justice. Students may pursue an M.A. through either a thesis or course work option.

With innovative course offerings and faculty engaged in diverse research projects, our program provides a unique opportunity to pursue research on critical issues of our era. A Master’s degree prepares students for work in research settings including community-based or market research, work in public policy in government or non-governmental organizations, and work in the private sector in areas relating to human resources, equity and community development. It also provides a solid foundation for pursuing research interests through a PhD program.

2023-2024 Handbook - Master of Arts in Sociology & Criminology

Sociology Graduate Calendar

Application & Admissions 

For admission to the MA program in Sociology or Criminology, applicants must hold an Honors degree in Sociology or a related discipline from a recognized university, or a 4year equivalent college degree.  The minimum cumulative average in the final two years of study (full-time equivalent) of the 4-year undergraduate degree must be 77%.

Possession of the minimum academic requirements does not ensure acceptance. Applicants will be assessed with respect to their academic qualifications, achievements, and letters of recommendation. The specifics of the application process are outlined below.

All applications must be received by February 1st for consideration for the following September admission. Applications to these programs will be accepted after this deadline, however, these applicants will only be considered if space and funding allows.

All supporting documents and reference letters must be submitted for the application to be considered complete and ready for review. 

Applications and supporting documents are completed online through the new electronic Graduate Application System (eGAS).

Application information can be found on the Graduate Studies website.

Applications must include (all documents are submitted online through eGAS):

  • Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended, which must include the institution's grading scale (unofficial transcripts in PDF format will be uploaded to your application in eGAS, however official transcripts sent directly from the institution(s) will be required upon acceptance into the program);
  • Letter from the applicant indicating a statement of interest or plan of study (normally a page or two);
  • Two academic Referee Assessment Forms (referees will receive an automatic email notification to complete the forms electronically once the applicant submits the application);
  • A resume or CV;
  • Program Stream Option Form (Word. doc format) (this form is required for your application)
  • English language proficiency score, if applicable. 

The Graduate Committee will review all applications. Ranking of all applicants will be based on the committee's assessment of the quality of their application and the availability of graduate faculty to advise, supervise, and provide funding for research training in conjunction with their own research projects and the diversity of subject areas represented in the applicant pool. If you have a B+/A- average (GPA 78% or better) we strongly encourage you to apply. Successful applicants will receive an official letter of admission from the Faculty of Graduate Studies. 

For more detailed information on admission requirements and application procedures please see the Faculty of Graduate Studies Future Students website.

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