Master of Sociology

2 years
9,666 CAD
Rolling admission
Rolling admission
St. John's / Canada
Memorial University of Newfoundland

Program description

Sociology seeks to comprehend patterns of human social life in all of their historical and contemporary diversity: how individuals live, think, feel, believe, and behave, in comparison to other societies. The Department of Sociology at Memorial University is the largest in Atlantic Canada, with specialties in social theory, criminology and deviance, environmental sociology, social inequality, gender, sexuality, development, work, culture, and health, including occupational health, political sociology, and maritime sociology. Faculty research focuses on communities and social concerns in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, and around the world, and is regularly supported by SSHRC, CIHR, and other funding sources.

The MA programme allows students to choose between coursework and a research paper or coursework and a thesis. Courses, proposal preparation and presentation, and the production of a Major Research Paper are all part of the research paper option. It usually takes one year of full-time study to accomplish. Courses, thesis proposal preparation, research data collecting and analysis, and thesis writing are all part of the thesis option. Normally, this requires at least two years of full-time study.

Program structure

  • Advanced Quantitative Methods
  • Advanced Qualitative Methods
  • Special Topics in Advanced Sociology
  • Special Area in Sociology
  • Social Organization
  • Social Inequality
  • The Community
  • Social Theory
  • Theory Construction and Explanation in Sociology
  • Sociology in Medicine
  • Social and Economic Development
  • Maritime Sociology
  • Political Sociology
  • Gender and Society
  • Science and Technology
  • Comparative North Atlantic Societies
  • Environmental Sociology
  • Sociology of Work
  • Feminist Theory and Methods
  • Women, Nature, Science and Technology
  • Sociology of Culture
  • Socialization
  • Current Topics in Social Behaviour
  • Sociology Graduate Seminar
  • Master's Research Paper


  • Tuition — 9,666 CAD

OTHER FEES (REQUIRED) amounts listed are for two semesters

  • Student Services Fee — 100 CAD
  • Students' Union — 140 CAD
  • Recreation Fee — 138 CAD
  • Health Insurance — 523 CAD

Requirements for applicants

  • Bachelor's degree (minimum second class) in an appropriate area of study

Applicants who did not complete a baccalaureate or post-graduate degree at a recognized university where English is the primary language of instruction must normally complete either the:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and achieve a paper-based score of 580 (or higher), computer-based score of 237 (or higher), or internet-based score of 92-93 (or higher); or
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and achieve a score of 7 (or higher).

About the university

Memorial University has a unique responsibility to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador as the only university in the province. Memorial University was founded as a tribute to the Newfoundlanders who gave their lives in military duty during globe War I and later conflicts. We take inspiration from their efforts to create a better future for our province, our country, and the globe.

Over 115 different nations are represented among Memorial University's 19000+ students. Programs range from the traditional to the cutting edge, and can be found at any of Memorial's five locations or online. Memorial University's worldwide network of nearly 100,000 successful alums enhances the institution's capacity and reputation for leadership in research, teaching, and public engagement. Learn more about Memorial University in this quick read.

Vision, Mission

  • Vision — Memorial University will rise to prominence as one of Canada's and the world's top public institutions of higher learning, and it will honor its commitment to serving the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Mission — When it comes to education, research, scholarship, creative activity, service, and public engagement, Memorial University is committed to being at the forefront of innovation and excellence. International students and scholars are welcomed and supported at Memorial, and the institution's contributions of knowledge and experience are valued on all levels of society.


More than 19,400 students and 3,800 teachers and staff from more than 115 countries study, teach, conduct research, create, and participate in activities at our campuses and other locations. You can attend classes at one of Memorial University's several campuses in Newfoundland and Labrador or anywhere in the world; we also offer 475 courses online.

  • St. John's campus
  • Grenfell Campus
  • Marine Institute
  • Harlow Campus
  • Signal Hill Campus
  • Labrador Campus

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