Join graduate students of the highest caliber from across the country and around the world as you delve into the workings of society with a focus on how to improve life. Started in 1967, our well-established sociology master's program will guide you in applying your knowledge, skills and values to examine and engage with current social issues through our four available specializations in environment, food and communities; work and organization; crime and social control; and identities and social inclusion.
As a sociology MA student, you'll gain valuable leadership experience and professional development as you build the skills you need to succeed inside and outside of academia, such as content knowledge, disciplinary and applied skills and experiential learning. In addition to our core areas of specialization, our faculty conduct research, supervise and teach in many other fascinating areas of study.
The Sociology MA program is not offered on a part-time basis. All students are required to register in the program full time.
Collaborative Specialization in International Development Studies
Students can choose to combine their sociology MA with an international development studies (IDS) specialization. The collaborative IDS specialization offers an interdisciplinary framework for the study of international development that combines training in a selected academic discipline with exposure to a broad range of social science perspectives.
Applicants must possess an honours BA degree (4 years) or its equivalent with a minimum B+ average in the final two undergraduate years.
Students who do not meet departmental requirements (e.g., students whose undergraduate degree does not include basic courses in Sociology), may be admitted provisionally and required to complete appropriate make-up courses from offerings in the undergraduate program.
The University of Guelph offers many resources to financially support graduate students. Explore your options on the Graduate Studies website.
Help fund your graduate studies by taking advantage of Entrance Awards.