Wilfrid Laurier University Graduate Calendar - 2013/2014
Canadian Excellence

Master of Arts in Sociology

The program offers two fields of specialized study:

  • Internationalization, migration and human rights
  • Health, families and well-being

These two fields are underpinned by core courses in sociological theory and methods.

Students will take two terms of course work, and write a major research paper in their
third term.

Additional Information
Admission Requirements

In order to be admitted to the masterís program, a student must meet the general admission requirements of the university. Applicants are expected to have an honours BA with a major in sociology or an equivalent degree. An average of B+ in the final year of full-time study or equivalent is usually required, along with a cumulative average of at least B+ in all sociology courses. Applications are reviewed by the Graduate Program Committee, which considers all prior university grades, a statement of research interests, a writing sample, and letters of reference.

English Language Proficiency

Proficiency in English usage, both written and oral, is essential to pursue graduate studies at Laurier. Applicants whose language of instruction during the undergraduate degree was other than English must furnish evidence of proficiency in English, prior to admission.

Program Requirements

Students must develop their programs in consultation with the graduate officer. The graduate officer must approve the student's program in all cases. To qualify for the degree a student must successfully complete the following:

  • 3 required courses: SY600 - Theory and Practice, one of SY601 - Advanced Qualitative Research or SY602 - Advanced Quantitative Research, and SY603 - Research and Professionalization Seminar
  • 3 electives
  • SY695 - Major Research Paper

With the approval of the graduate officer, one of the courses may be taken from a master's program of another department at Wilfrid Laurier University and one may be taken from a sociology graduate program of another recognized university under the Ontario Visiting Graduate Student Plan. In addition to this, students may also arrange to take one of their courses as a directed studies course under the supervision of an individual professor.

The normal sequence of registration is illustrated in the following table:

Fall Term
Winter Term
Spring Term
SY600 - Theory and Practice
SY603 - Research and Professionalization Seminar
1 elective
SY601 - Advanced Qualitative Research or SY602 - Advanced Quantitative Research
two electives
SY695 - Major Research Paper

Grades for all courses will be assigned in accordance with the Course Requirements specified in the WLU Graduate Calendar.

Major Research Paper

The Major Research Paper is considered to be similar to a thesis in quality of work, but less than a thesis in scope. Students will complete a paper in which they engage in original research on an approved topic. Typically papers will be between 50 and 60 pages in length, excluding bibliography.