MA Course-Based Program

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The course-based MA program in Sociology is an intensive year of study in core courses in theory, research design, research methods and statistics, followed by a Capping Project (SOC 900). Students must complete the online INT D 710 course in their first term to meet the Ethics and Academic Citizenship Requirement.

A supervisor will oversee the student's work in SOC 900, which includes a critical appraisal of the literature and formulation of a research topic in a subject area of interest. During the winter term, and concurrent with a course in research design (SOC 533), the student's topic is developed into a research project which demonstrates the student's ability to work in a scholarly manner. 

The time required to complete an MA program will vary, however the course-based MA degree will typically be completed in 12 - 16 months.

Program Requirements

Students in the MA course-based program are required to take a minimum of 6 single-term courses at the 500 or 600-level, followed by *6 in SOC 900. Specific requirements include the following:

SOC 533 Seminar in Research Design


SOC 535 Seminar in Contemporary Sociological Theory


SOC 515 Quantitative Methods in Social Research


SOC 518 Qualitative Methods in Social Research



Two optional courses in Sociology or another department. Independent reading courses or courses outside the Faculty of Arts can be approved by the Sociology Graduate office.


SOC 900 Part I Research Proposal

SOC 900 Part II Project Completion (*3), usually take both Fall and Winter terms.


Ethics Training - Complete INT D 710

Total Program Credits:


The Department routinely offers additional graduate courses each year. Students can request variations of the required course to be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Students in the MA and PhD programs are also expected to attend a series of Professional Skills Workshops hosted by the Department.