2006-2007 University of Guelph Graduate Calendar

VIII. Graduate Programs


MA Program

The MA program permits students to become actively involved in research, teaching and professional practice. The objective of the program is to offer opportunities for advanced studies and research in sociology.

The Master of Arts program in Sociology covers the following:

  • Rural, community and development studies

  • Work and change in global context

  • Criminology and criminal justice

  • Gender, diversity and social equality

Rural Community and Development Studies

This area includes rural sociology and rural development (Canada and international), women and gender relations in development, anthropology of development, sociology of agriculture and of the rural community, community development, political economy of rural agricultural systems and the like, agro-food systems, environment, subsistence and commodification.

Work and Change in Global Context

This area incorporates sociology of work, the workplace, political economy, labour markets, transition from school to work, skills and lifelong learning, technological change, women and work, work and economic restructuring, the labour movement, labour process and social policy.

Criminology and Criminal Justice

This area covers sociology of policing, corrections and penology, violent crime, sociology of law, criminological theory, critical criminology, street youth, young offenders, gender and offending, and criminal justice theory.

Gender, Diversity and Social Equality

This area includes gender and women's studies, Aboriginal studies, indigenous peoples, native studies, class, stratification, citizenship, power, race, minorities, ethnicity, social movements, hermeneutics, and religion.

Application Procedure

Graduate students are admitted each fall semester (approximately 15 students). The deadline for application is February 1 each year and the application fee is currently $75 in the form of a money order payable to the University of Guelph. Personal cheques will be returned which will slow down the processing of your application. If you apply on-line, you can pay by credit card.

You may apply in one of three ways:

  • On-line, which we encourage you to use

  • Download an application form

Both of these methods can be found at


Information you are required to send to the Graduate Secretary, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON N1G 2W1

  • Application form from the downloaded application at the above web site


  • The PDF summary of your on-line application MUST be printed out and submitted to the department with your other documents.

  • A one-page Statement of Interest which clearly outlines your proposed area of interest. This is very important for the members of the admissions committee to make their decisions.

  • All official university transcripts. We do not require transcripts from community colleges.

  • Two academic letters of reference - you must use the assessment forms from the downloadable application form.

  • TOEFL scores or other English Language tests from all students whose first language is not English.

NOTE: This is a self-administerd application process. Please have all materials (reference letters, transcripts, application form, letter of intent) returned to you and you put everything in one envelope and send to the Department of Sociology and Anthropology Graduate Program Secretary.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must possess an Honours BA (4 years) degree or its equivalent with at least a second-class standing or 'B-' average in the final two undergraduate years. Generally, those admitted have a much higher average. Students who do not meet departmental requirements, e.g., students whose undergraduate degree does not include basic courses in sociology and/or anthropology, may be admitted provisionally and required to complete appropriate make-up courses from offerings in the undergraduate program.

Degree Requirements

Students must either complete a minimum of 2.0 credits and write a thesis or complete a minimum of 4.0 credits (including 1.0 credit in the Major Paper course) and write a major paper. All students are required to master basic theory and methodological skills. This is normally fulfilled through the successful completion of the courses SOC*6070 and SOC*6130 in the winter semester.

Students typically begin their studies in the fall semester. You will be assigned an interim advisor who is a likely candidate to be your advisor, given your stated area of interest. When you arrive, the graduate coordinator will inform you as to which faculty members, on the basis of their areas of specialization, are likely candidates for membership on your advisory committee. Until you have formed your advisory committee, your interim advisor will fill out your evaluation reports. It is strongly recommended, that you choose your permanent advisor by the end of the first semester and the rest of your committee by the middle of the second semester.

In their first fall semester, all students are required to pass the Pro-Seminar (ANTH*6700 or SOC*6700), a course graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis which is intended to introduce students to the department, the university, and the professions of sociology and anthropology.