MA Thesis-Based Program

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The MA Thesis-based program requires registration in a combination of optional and core coursework in research design, theory, and methods, followed by thesis research in an area of interest to you. This program is suitable for students who are interested in sociology and criminology.

Students must complete the online INT D 710 course in their first term to meet the Ethics and Academic Citizenship Requirement, and are also required to fulfill a Professional Development requirement to help you recognize your talents, pursue your interests, learn professional skills and make connections that will help you excel in your chosen field.

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

While registered in the program, students are required to take a minimum of 6 single-term courses at the 500 or 600-level in the first year of study plus a minimum of *6 thesis credits in the second year of study, as follows:

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.


MA Thesis


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.

Graduate Program Handbook

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