MA Thesis-Based Program in Population Life

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The MA Thesis-based program in Population & Life Course Dynamics requires registration in a combination of coursework and thesis research. Students are also required to complete mandatory Ethics training and Professional Development.

The time required to complete this program will vary according to the previous education of the applicant and the nature of the research undertaken, but typically students will take a minimum of two years.

Program Requirements

Students are ordinarily required to complete a minimum of six single-term courses in the first year of study plus a minimum of six thesis credits in the second year of study, as follows:


Required Courses:


Soc 550 Seminar in Population & Life Course Dynamics

The core seminar of the MA explores theoretical and methodological approaches to understanding the dynamic linkages between individual lives and changing societies, including how they are shaped by specificities of time and context. Topics usually include theory and method of the life course, age and cohort, and institutional demography; life transitions, family, work, and mobility; and issues of generation, health, and longevity.


Soc 509 Quantitative Data Analysis


Soc 533 Research Design


Take a total of 3 courses from the following two groups
(determined in consultation with supervisor and approved by grad chair)

One or two of:


SOC 515 Quantitative Methods

SOC 518 Qualitative Methods

SOC 519 Comparative & Historical Methods in Sociological Research

SOC 531 History of Sociological Thought

SOC 535 Contemporary Social Theory

Plus one or two of:

SOC 554 Sociology of Human Migration

SOC 557 Sociology of Human Fertility

SOC 565 Sociology of Work

SOC 670 Sociology of Gender & Family

SOC 672 Social Structure & Policy

SOC 675 Sociology of Aging

SOC 683 Sociology of Health & Illness

M.A. Thesis and final Oral Defense


Ethics Training - Students will attend the SOC 605 lecture on ethics and complete the online Graduate Student Ethics training course to meet this requirement.

Total Program Credits: