Sociology

Admission Requirements

Course-based and thesis-based MA programs in Sociology

  • Normally, a four-year undergraduate degree with a major in Sociology (honors preferred), or a related discipline. 
  • A minimum grade-point average of 3.5 (3.7 is considered competitive) in the last two years of undergraduate study at the University of Alberta (20 single-term courses), or equivalent qualifications from a recognized institution.
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to have completed coursework in statistics (I.e., SOC 210), research methodology (I.e., SOC 315), and two sociological theory courses (I.e.,  SOC 212, SOC 335), or their equivalents. 

MA thesis-based program in Population and Life Course Dynamics

  • Normally, a four-year undergraduate degree with a major in Sociology (honors preferred), or a related discipline.  
  • A minimum grade-point average of 3.5 (3.7 is considered competitive) in the last two years of undergraduate study at the University of Alberta (20 single-term courses), or equivalent qualifications from a recognized institution
  • Applicants are expected to have at least one undergraduate single-term course in each of the following areas: statistics, research methods, theory and population or life course/family; students without coursework in these areas may be required to make up this background prior to admission. 

MA in Criminal Justice (part-time course-based) 

  • NOTE - this is a part-time program. 
  • Normally, a four-year BA (Criminology), or equivalent, or a four-year undergraduate degree in Sociology or a related discipline
  • A minimum of one year of full-time work experience in the criminal justice system
  • A minimum grade-point average is 3.2 (on the 4-point letter grading system), or equivalent, in the last two years of undergraduate study at the University of Alberta (20 single-term courses), or equivalent qualifications from a recognized institution.
  • Completion of introductory courses in criminology, criminal justice administration, statistics and research methodology prior to admission.

PhD programs

  • Master's degree with an average of 3.5 on all graduate courses and undergraduate coursework taken in the final two years (20 single-term courses) at the University of Alberta, or equivalent qualifications from a recognized institution.

English Language Proficiency

All foreign students who have not completed a degree at an English-language university (recognized by the University of Alberta) must upload one of the following original certificates in order to show English language proficiency:

Test of English as a Foreign Language TOEFL
  • minimum score of 600 (paper-based), or a total score of 100 with a score of at least 20 on each of the individual skill areas (internet-based) 
Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)
  • minimum score of 85 
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • minimum overall band score of 7, with at least 5.5 on each band (Academic) 
Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL)
  • overall minimum score of 60, with at least 60 on each subtest 
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)
  • overall minimum score of 68 

Countries exempt from the English Language Requirements

Universities Exempt from the English Language Requirements