Laurentian University/Université Laurentienne - School of Graduate Studies

Sociology (M.A.)

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School:Laurentian University/Université Laurentienne - School of Graduate Studies
Faculty:School of Graduate Studies
Field of Study:Sociology
Description:Our Masters of Arts program is distinct in its focus on applied social research with an emphasis on social justice. By “applied” we mean research that focuses on current societal concerns and with a view to problem-solving, or more generally, research that has some practical utility. By “social-justice” we mean research that promotes social equality and people’s democratic right to participate in decisions that affect their own and other’s well-being.

Emphasis on applied social research and the opportunity to study in either of Canada’s official languages are the program’s distinguishing features. Students learn to investigate social relation from variety of methodological perspectives and using a broad spectrum of research techniques. These can include participatory action research, critical analysis of official discourse and social policy, political economy, feminist research, program evaluation, institutional ethnography, critical statistical analyses, historical sociological approaches, human rights indices and assessments, and social impact studies.
URL:Sociology (M.A.) at Laurentian University/Université Laurentienne - School of Graduate Studies
Areas of Research:Social and moral regulation; the social construction of race, gender, and sexualities; the sociology of aging; the sociology of the family; the sociology of childhood and youth; the sociology of health; globalization and underdevelopment; food insecurity and food sovereignty; woman and development; labour and trade union studies; state formation and state policy; the social organization of knowledge; and the sociology of education.
Length:2 Year(s)
Careers:SociologistsSocial Policy Researchers

Admission Requirements

Test Scores:
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 570] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Computer Based) [min. 230] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 88] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5] or Michigan English Language Assessment Battery [min. 80]
Application Notes : For admission to a degree program, a student must meet one of the language requirements listed below in addition to the academic requirements: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (minimum score: 230 computer-based, 570 paper-based, 88 Internet-based); International English Language Testing System (IELTS - Academic)(minimum score: 6.5); Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) (minimum score: 80); Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) Assessment Test (minimum score: 70, with 60 in writing proficiency); Cambridge English Proficiency (minimum result: C); Pearson Test of Academic English (PTE) (minimum score: 60); Three years of full time senior-level studies in an English-language secondary school or post-secondary institution (official documents required) (evaluated on an individual basis; at the Admissions Committee's discretion); or Laurentian EAP Level 3 exam with a score of 70% or higher.
Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Letter(s) of Reference
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Research Interests
Candidates must have a Sociology Honours degree or equivalent social science degree with an average of at least 75% (or B+). Since the focus of the program is on applied social research, candidates should have a sound background in sociological research methodology and statistics. Those with an academic background other than sociology will have their qualifications examined and may be required to complete additional course work or a qualifying year. In addition to their grades, candidates are required to submit letters of reference, a statement of research interest, and the supervisor form filled out and signed by a potential supervisor. The supervisor must be a core faculty member of the Laurentian University Sociology Department. While students may have a co-supervisor from outside the department, their “supervisor" is required from the core faculty of the Sociology Department. All supervisors and co-supervisors must be accredited by the Faculty of Graduate Studies at LU.

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Modified on December 30, 2017