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About Sociology at University of Windsor

The University of Windsor's Master's and Doctoral programs in Sociology have well established reputations for critical, contemporary, and interdisciplinary scholarship. These programs are key features of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and, Criminology and its collective endeavours.

With the support of the faculty, current graduate students, and the University, we have been able to recruit excellent students year after year into our graduate programs. Students who enter into our thoughtfully designed programmes find they offer an inclusive education which simultaneously encourages the discovery and expansion of their own creative ideas. The exceptional quality and diversity of our graduate students are the most notable strengths of our programs.

Our graduates have very successful careers. They have positions in academic institutions within and outside of Canada. Those graduates working outside of the university have obtained professional positions in national and international research institutes, government and policy departments, legal research agencies, and union and advocacy organizations. We are very pleased to have had the opportunity to help launch the professional careers of our students.

Graduate students have the opportunity to share their experiences, form connections, and discuss their fields of research with peers in a relaxed environment.

If you would like more information about our Master's and Doctoral programs in Sociology, and our new Master's program in Criminology (, please read our Graduate Handbooks.

M.A. in Sociology:

Our Master's program in Sociology provides students with critical training in research methods and sociological theories. Together with the M.A. in Criminology, the Masters graduate programme has three thematic clusters: Culture and Community, Migration and Population, and Crime and Justice. Students may pursue an M.A. through either a thesis or course work option.

With innovative course offerings, and faculty engaged in diverse research projects, our program provides a unique opportunity to pursue research on critical issues of our era. A Master's degree prepares students for work in research settings including community-based or market research, work in public policy in government or non-governmental organizations, and work in the private sector in areas relating to human resources, equity and community development. It also provides a solid foundation for pursuing research interests through a PhD program.

PhD in Sociology:

Our Ph.D. program in Sociology, with a specialization in social justice, responds to current social changes in workplace restructuring, the declining welfare state, privatization, processes of globalization, gender relations, sexuality, governance, security, and migration and immigration practices and policies.

It offers resources for analyzing the social, cultural, and political implications of these many changes, and examines how various groups challenge existing forms of marginalization and social injustice.

With innovative course offerings, and faculty engaged in diverse research projects on issues of social justice, our program provides a unique opportunity to pursue research on critical issues of our era. It is primarily designed for students who are interested in pursuing academic, research, and social policy careers. Students have the opportunity to specialize in many diverse fields of study, and the program is accompanied by a grounding in social theories and proficiency in a wide range of research methods.

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    Course startsFebruary, JanuaryDomestic course feesCAD 27000 per yearInternational course feesCAD 27000 per year

Notes about fees for this course

Fees are an estimation and are based on tuition for sixteen (16) months or four (4) academic terms. Does not include Incidental Fees ($2,000*), Textbooks ($2,000*), Living Expenses and Meals ($12,000*).

* Incidental Fees, Textbooks, Living Expenses and Meals are approximate.

Entry requirements

For admission to the MA programs in Sociology and Criminology, applicants must hold an Honours degree in Sociology or Criminology or Anthropology or a related discipline from a recognized university. Possession of the minimum academic requirements does not ensure acceptance. Students from related disciplines or International students not having a sufficient background in statistics and/ or sociological or criminological theory may be required to take 02-250 (Basic Quantitative Methods) and 48-308 (Intermediate Statistics) and/ or 48-291 (Theorizing Social Life) and 48-391 (Contemporary Sociological Theory)/ 48-373 (Contemporary Criminological Theory). Applicants will be assessed with respect to their academic qualifications, achievements, and letters of recommendation. The specifics of the application procedures are outlined below:

Applicants with an Honours degree in Sociology/Criminology or a related field from an accredited university may be admitted into the candidate year of this M.A. program. Applicants without an Honours degree in Sociology/Criminology or a related discipline may be required to take additional courses. Students transferring into Sociology/Criminology from a non- related discipline and those wit insufficient preparatory background may be required to take additional courses before proceeding into the candidate year.

Applicants will be considered on the basis of:

- Obtaining a 77% minimum cumulative average in the final two years of study (full-time equivalent) of the 4 year undergraduate degree

- Strong recommendations based on faculty observation of student's performance, work experience, or community involvement demonstrating clear commitment to and understanding of sociological/criminological concerns

- Background preparation and graduate faculty resources that are available in the area of specialization indicated on the application

Applications must be received by the Office of the Registrar, Graduate Studies Division by February 28th for consideration for the following September admission. Applications must include:

- Transcripts from all post- secondary institutions attended

- A statement of interest or plan of study

Please include: Preference for Thesis or Course stream and preferred type of methodology (Quantitative or Qualitative). Students are encouraged to identify one (1) or more member(s) of the Department's graduate faculty with whom they would like to work.

- Two academic letters of reference and Confidential Report Forms. Letters should be in sealed envelopes with the referee's signature across the seal (these may be sent by the applicant or under separate cover by the referees) along with the Confidential Report Form (this form should be forwarded to your referees).

- A resume or CV

- English Language Proficiency Score (if applicable)

Additional Materials:

M.A.: Two academic Referee Assessment Forms. Statement of Interest or Plan of Study and a Curriculum Vitae or Resume.

Ph.D (Social Justice): Letter from applicant including area for dissertation research. Students are encouraged to identify one (1) or more members of the department's graduate faculty with whom they would like to work. A sample of written work. Personal statement (max 500 words) that answers both questions: How have you been involved in social justice issues through research, work or community activity? and how do you envision your research contributing to social justice? Three Referee Assessment Forms. Two should be from academic referees (e.g. MA Supervisor) and one can be from a non-academic referee who has been in a supervisory or mentor role. Curriculum Vitae or Resume.

English Language Proficiency

The following are many different types of English proficiency tests that the university accepts with the minimum required scores:

TOEFL - 250, IBT-100

IELTS: 7.0

Pearson: 68

ELIP: For more information on ELIP, click here:

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