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Sociology, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #72 (WUR) Hamilton, Canada
The Department of Sociology at McMaster University offers a graduate experience that fosters close mentorship with faculty members who are leading scholars in our six areas of specialty.

Overview

At McMaster University we offer a master degree in Sociology. The program emphasizes the importance of good scholarship and trains students in current developments in the field of Sociology in Canada and internationally.

Career Development

The Graduate Program specializes in the following areas:

  • Social Inequality
  • Sociology of Gender, Sexuality and Family
  • Sociology of Work and Occupations
  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology of Race, Ethnicity and Immigration
  • Political Sociology and Social Movements

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Sociology of Organizations
  • Introduction to Research Design in Sociology
  • Political Sociology
  • Sociology of Education
  •  Sociology of Work and Occupations
  •  Participatory and Community-Based Social Research

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Duration description

      Thesis: 18 months to 2 years

  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    92

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  • Minimum required score:

    580

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Academic Requirements

  • This programme does not recognise GRE® scores.

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General Requirements

Honours Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent
  • B+ (B- for Engineering) minimum average, based on a full year equivalent of final year courses (3rd/4th level) relevant to the program
  • Each program may set additional/higher requirements
  • Degrees and grades from foreign universities are evaluated for their equivalency to McMaster’s
  • Departments or programs may establish additional requirements, such as scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Admission is competitive: meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission
  • The admission decision is not subject to appeal
  • Applicants who do not meet the above mentioned requirements, should consult the Graduate Calendar to determine the requirements for exceptional cases

Tuition Fee

  • International

    11396 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5698 CAD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    4204 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2102 CAD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Hamilton

  • 1163 - 1630 CAD/month
    Living Costs

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