Simon Fraser University

M.A. On Campus
24 months
3892 CAD/year
3892 CAD/year
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Sociology & Anthropology at Simon Fraser University is a joint department where students are offered a solid foundation in each discipline and are invited to engage in innovative interdisciplinary studies.


Graduates are equipped with a comprehensive foundation in social theory, substantive courses in specific areas of research interest, and rigorous training in research methodologies, a particular strength of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Simon Fraser University. Graduate students and their faculty supervisory committees work collaboratively to tailor programs to meet each student's unique goals.

Why Sociology ?

Are you interested in knowing more about the world we live in? Why are some people poor and others rich? What are the differences between men and women? How does culture shape our ideas? What are the causes, and solutions to social problems in today's society? These are some of the questions and concepts explored in the disciplines of Sociology and Anthropology.

What do Anthropology & Sociology Majors Learn About?

SA students learn how to do things like:

  • Identify connections between a society's culture and its economy, politics and geography
  • Explain important differences in the life experiences of people across a society, and the various perspectives that different people can bring to a situation
  • Explain individual and societal facets of social issues like drug use, unemployment, and racism
  • Discuss how individual lives are influenced by things like government actions, the design of educational systems, or different types of housing availability
  • Identify how existing and potential social policy can impact people and societies
  • Identify ways that inequality – within countries and across the globe – is maintained, increased or reduced
  • Discuss basic ways of thinking about social life
  • Discuss and conduct research using qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Analyze how societies and cultures work with the kind of depth and skill that comes from rigorous training

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Perspectives on Canadian Society
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • The Return of the Folk Devils
  • Sociology of Families
  • Introduction to Sociological Theory

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • a bachelor's degree from Simon Fraser University or its equivalent from a recognized institution;
  • a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0/4.33 (B), or a grade point average of at least 3.33/4.33 (B+) based on the last 60 credits of undergraduate courses. All graduate work is also considered. Individual graduate programs may set a higher admission grade point average;
  • submitted evidence, usually references from qualified referees, of the student’s ability to undertake advanced work in the area of interest. In addition, some programs also require completion of entrance examinations such as the GMAT and GRE, and/or the submission of other material.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    3892 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1946 CAD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    3892 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1946 CAD per semester and a duration of 24 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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