York University

M.A. On Campus
12 months
12550 CAD/year
2870 CAD/year
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The Sociology MA at York University, offered on a full - and part-time basis, is a research degree that emphasizes the attainment of a basic capacity for critical research, analysis, and academic writing. Graduates are capable of taking up social science research in both public and private sector positions or of gaining admission to the best professional and doctoral programs in Canada and abroad.


Welcome to one of the largest graduate programs in sociology in the country. You are joining one of the most dynamic centres of social theory and research in Canada. The Graduate Program in Sociology at York University has a well established national and international reputation for critical scholarship, interdisciplinarity, and sociological theory.

York University Sociology supports a profusion of research centres and projects which draw faculty from multiple departments. The program boasts a large number of research chairs and directors in charge of these initiatives; this provides our students with a rich array of research opportunities. Graduate students participate in courses, workshops, and colloquia in other programs and draw on faculty from departments across the university for committee members. Ties across disciplines are, therefore, many and close.

Learning outcomes

The outstanding quality and diversity of our graduate students is one of our greatest strengths. Our students have been very successful in scholarship competitions and have won an impressive number of national and international awards for academic achievement. We also have a long tradition of combining scholarship with a commitment to social and economic justice. Our students are active participants in the political and cultural life of the campus and beyond. We look forward to the contribution you will make to the intellectual vitality of our community.

The Graduate Program in Sociology, which offers both MA and PhD degrees, is primarily designed for students interested in pursuing academic and research careers. The curriculum is intended to develop both disciplinary depth and interdisciplinary breadth.

Students are given ample opportunity to specialize but the program believes that specialization should also be accompanied by a thorough grounding in classical and contemporary theories and proficiency in a variety of research methods.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Independent Reading Course
  • Selected Topics in Empirical Methods: Narrative Analysis Strategies
  • Sociologies of Global Capitalism
  • Key Debates in Sociological Theory
  • M.A. Seminar
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Selected Topics in Empirical Methods: Community-Based Research Practicum
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • The Critique of Everyday Life

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 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).
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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Minimum TOEFL (Paper-based): 600
  • Minimum TOEFL (Internet-based): 100
  • IELTS (Academic module): 7.5
  • York English Language Test (YELT): Band 1
  • YUELI: Level 6 with Distinction
  • MELAB: Overall score of 85, no component score less than 80
  • CAEL: Overall score of 70, no component score less than 60

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12550 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6275 CAD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    2870 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1435 CAD per semester and a duration of 12 months.


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