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The Master of Arts program offers students in a wide range of disciplines the opportunity to earn a master’s degree by writing a thesis and successfully completing a limited number of courses. Read more
The Master of Arts program offers students in a wide range of disciplines the opportunity to earn a master’s degree by writing a thesis and successfully completing a limited number of courses. The number and details of the courses are determined within the first semester of the student's program.

Students may complete their degrees in either a full- or part-time capacity. Full-time students complete a 24-month program while part-time students complete a 48-month program. Part-time students will normally complete all required course work in the first 24 months, with the subsequent months committed to continued research and production of the Thesis. Although degrees are awarded in specific disciplines, the program is administered centrally by the School of Graduate Studies, rather than by individual departments or Faculties.

Course detail

Graduate degrees traditionally have been awarded for the successful completion of a satisfactory Thesis. The Thesis route expresses the fundamental tradition of academic scholarship. It also relates to the University’s undergraduate programs, because the creation of a Thesis in any discipline calls for a range of skills which are central to the liberal education tradition, including analysis and synthesis of ideas, empirical investigations, the construction and articulation of arguments, and writing skills.

Because of the nature of the M.A. program, the Thesis forms the central requirement of the program. At the master’s level, a Thesis involves close collaboration between supervisor and student. Consequently, it is necessary for a candidate to establish contact with potential supervisors prior to application for admission. Candidates seeking potential supervisors should contact either the relevant academic department or the School of Graduate Studies

Graduate Studies in Sociology

The University of Lethbridge offers two Masters level degrees. The Masters of Arts in Sociology (MA Sociology) program information can be found here. The Department also recognizes that some students will prefer an interdisciplinary degree, and because we share a commitment to interdisciplinarity, we also offer an Individualized, Multidisciplinary Master of Arts with a specialization in Sociology (IMMA Sociology).

Students taking an MA Sociology or an IMMA (Sociology) typically would be asked to take Social Sciences graduate courses in research methods, classical theory, contemporary theory and a professional seminar for social scientists, as well as directed studies relating to their thesis. The specific courses a student takes will depend on discussions with the student and supervisor, suggestions by the Sociology Graduate Admissions Committee and course availability in any given calendar year. Nevertheless, students can anticipate taking between 4 and 6 full graduate course equivalents during their MA programs.

The central experience of our Master's program is the creation of a thesis. At the Master's level, a thesis project involves close collaboration between supervisor and student. When applying for admission to our graduate program, students must also closely collaborate with potential supervisors. Students interested these programs should speak with a member of the Sociology department whose research areas fit with their own prior to application for admission to the program: Sociology Faculty Research Profiles

How to apply

In order to apply, you will need to provide the following documentation:

• Academic Transcripts
• Curriculum Vitae
• Three Letters of Reference
• Letter of Intent
• English Language Proficiency (ELP)

All applications and supporting documents must be provided through the online portal: https://www.uleth.ca/future-student/graduate-studies/apply

Co-operative Education & Internships

The Co-operative Education/Internship Option is available to students for the Master of Arts (MA) and Master of Science (MSc) programs. Co-operative education is an educational model that formally integrates academic study at the master’s level with relevant, paid work experience in appropriate employment fields such as government, institutions, and industry. The University, the employer, and the student are in partnership to ensure an enriching experience toward the student's professional development.

More information: http://www.uleth.ca/artsci/coop/co-operative-education-internship-option-graduate-studies

Funding

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.uleth.ca/graduate-studies/award-opportunities

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Sociology aims to understand patterns of human social life in all their historical and current diversity. how people live, think, feel, believe, and act, comparing our own society with others. Read more
Sociology aims to understand patterns of human social life in all their historical and current diversity: how people live, think, feel, believe, and act, comparing our own society with others. Memorial University's Department of Sociology is the largest in Atlantic Canada, with specialties in social theory, criminology and deviance, environmental sociology, social inequality, sociology of gender, sexuality, development, work, culture and health, including occupational health, political sociology, and maritime sociology. Faculty research engages with communities and social issues in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada and internationally, and is regularly supported through grants from SSHRC, CIHR, and other funding bodies.

The MA program offers coursework and research paper, or coursework and thesis options. The research paper option includes courses, proposal preparation and presentation and writing of a Major Research Paper. It is normally completed in one year of full-time study. The thesis option includes courses, thesis proposal preparation, research data collection and analysis, and writing of the thesis. This normally takes at least two years of full-time study.

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The UNB Sociology Graduate Program offers full-time or part-time research-intensive degrees that develop graduates with the skills and knowledge necessary for advanced positions with private, public, and charitable employers. Read more
The UNB Sociology Graduate Program offers full-time or part-time research-intensive degrees that develop graduates with the skills and knowledge necessary for advanced positions with private, public, and charitable employers.

Both the Master of Arts (MA) and the Doctoral (PhD) programs place emphasis on developing strong social research techniques (both qualitative and quantitative methods), command of research design (methodology), and theoretical positioning (social theory).

The emphasis in the MA program is on developing students’ capacities to undertake social research that necessarily involve project design, critical thinking, fieldwork, professional writing, and high-level analysis. All of which are highly transferrable skills for the job market.

The emphasis in the PhD program is on students building upon their existing graduate qualifications so as to undertake advanced graduate research. PhD students are supported and guided in their studies in order to fully develop the skills, techniques, and knowledge necessary to graduate as an expert in their research area. Recent graduates from the program have moved on to positions in the provincial and federal government, private industry, charity groups, and into tenure-track academic positions.

The UNB Sociology Department usually has between 25-40 enrolled graduate students; this means UNB can offer all Sociology students a collegiate student environment, but also access to time with faculty members in order to discuss research. A warm and welcoming department with a high research output, UNB Sociology is an excellent choice for you and your future research.

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The University of Windsor’s Master’s and Doctoral programs in Sociology have well established reputations for critical, contemporary, and interdisciplinary scholarship. Read more
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.

MA 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.

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The Department of Sociology offers advanced study leading to both the Master of Arts (M.A.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees. Read more

Program Overview

The Department of Sociology offers advanced study leading to both the Master of Arts (M.A.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees. The department has specialization in the following core areas of study:
- Environment, community, and social movements;
- Family and the life course;
- Gender and sexuality;
- Health and healthcare;
- Knowledge, culture, and power;
- Race, ethnicity, and immigration; and
- Work, economy, and globalization.

The department is committed to providing its graduate students with theoretical and methodological training, mentorship, and professional development. Students typically receive extensive financial support in the form of graduate scholarships, teaching assistantships, and research assistantships. Students work closely with faculty members on their own thesis research projects and often have opportunities to work on departmental research projects as well.

Quick Facts

- Degree: Master of Arts
- Specialization: Sociology
- Subject: Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
- Mode of delivery: On campus
- Program components: Coursework + Thesis required
- Faculty: Faculty of Arts

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The Master of Arts program helps students develop their theoretical perspectives and research skills. It provides solid basic training in honing research skills for the public and private sectors. Read more
The Master of Arts program helps students develop their theoretical perspectives and research skills. It provides solid basic training in honing research skills for the public and private sectors. It also provides a strong foundation in sociological training for those who plan to pursue a doctoral degree in sociology. Students can choose to take the program on a part-time or full-time basis.

Students are expected to acquire autonomy in conducting research, preparing scholarly publications, and participating in professional conferences. These objectives are achieved through a combination of coursework, participation in seminars, preparation of comprehensive examinations, paid work as research and teaching assistants, preparing papers for conference presentation, and supervised dissertation research.

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The Master of Arts program in the Department of Sociology offers students sociological training in three core areas. sociological theory, methodology and statistics. Read more
The Master of Arts program in the Department of Sociology offers students sociological training in three core areas: sociological theory, methodology and statistics. Our program is research oriented and students are required to demonstrate competence in one substantive area of concentration through the successful completion and defence of their thesis projects.

The expertise of our faculty is wide-ranging. Under their supervision, students in the MA program have conducted original research on a variety of topics, including, for example: offence specialization amongst juvenile delinquents, social support and stress, Chinese social clubs, women athletes' perception of coaches, bisexual identity and politics, ethnic and gender inequality, contraceptive risk-taking, youthful involvement in prostitution, the subculture of sky-diving, trust and the health care system and perceived victimization.

Once students are admitted to the program, they have a variety of opportunities to get to know faculty research interests, and what might be possible for thesis project research at the Master's level.

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Meet Awish Aslam, MA candidate in Sociology (Migration and Ethnic Relations). “One of my professors once told me that you can’t get through graduate school without some tears. Read more
Meet Awish Aslam, MA candidate in Sociology (Migration and Ethnic Relations)

“One of my professors once told me that you can’t get through graduate school without some tears. Feeling overwhelmed is a normal part of the process. There are going to be times that are stressful where you feel like whatever you are working on is impossible to achieve, but if you are really committed to what you are doing just keep going because it will be worth it in the end.”

Visit the website: http://grad.uwo.ca/prospective_students/programs/program_NEW.cfm?p=137

Fields of Research

• Aging and the Life Course
• Health and Health Inequality
• Inequality, Power, and Social Regulation
• Social Demography and Migration
• Work, Occupations, and Professions

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please see: http://grad.uwo.ca/prospective_students/applying/index.html

Financing your studies

As one of Canada's leading research institutions, we place great importance on helping you finance your education. It is crucial that you devote your full energy to the successful completion of your studies, so we want to ensure that stable funding is available to you.
For information please see: http://grad.uwo.ca/current_students/student_finances/index.html

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The M.H.A. program is offered by SPPH, Faculty of Medicine, in collaboration with the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration. Read more

General Information

The M.H.A. program is offered by SPPH, Faculty of Medicine, in collaboration with the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration.

The M.H.A. curriculum provides the educational and professional foundations for leadership in the health services field. It emphasizes analytical thinking and aims to provide graduates who are skilled professionals with in-depth applied administrative research tools. Graduates are expected to be capable of identifying and solving complex organizational and assessment problems in the health services sector.

What makes the program unique?

The M.H.A. has a professional executive focus and is taught in modular (1.5 credit) format: Friday afternoon through to Sunday afternoon, approximately one weekend per month. The full program takes two calendar years to complete while also allowing students to work full-time while completing their degree. Co-delivered by instructors from the Faculty of Medicine and the Sauder School of Business, students complete courses in health systems, policies and management to prepare them for a broad range of issues facing today's health care world. The program follows a cohort-based schedule and all 24 courses are required.

The M.H.A. program is delivered at UBC Robson Square located right in the heart of Vancouver’s business community. Our facilities are dedicated to creating the perfect learning environment and our classrooms are customized for interactive approaches with technical configurations to suit lectures and group discussions. Students in the MHA also receive fully-catered meals throughout their weekend classes, along with all textbooks and course materials, included in the program’s tuition.

Quick Facts

- Degree: Master of Health Administration
- Specialization: Health Administration
- Subject: Health and Medicine
- Mode of delivery: On campus
- Program components: Coursework + Major Project/Essay required
- Faculty: Faculty of Medicine

Master of Health Administration

The M.H.A. program is offered by SPPH, Faculty of Medicine, in collaboration with the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration.

The M.H.A. curriculum provides the educational and professional foundations for leadership in the health services field. It emphasizes analytical thinking and aims to provide graduates who are skilled professionals with in-depth applied administrative research tools. Graduates are expected to be capable of identifying and solving complex organizational and assessment problems in the health services sector.

The M.H.A. has a professional executive focus and is taught in modular (1.5 credit) format: Friday afternoon through to Sunday afternoon, approximately one weekend per month. The full program takes two calendar years to complete. All 24 courses are required, in addition to a 6-credit major Research Project (SPHA 590). The program is cohort-based and delivered at UBC Robson Square, and is therefore not available as a distance education or online option.

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The Doctor of Social Sciences (DSocSci) program is Canada’s first applied research doctorate designed exclusively for working professionals. Read more
The Doctor of Social Sciences (DSocSci) program is Canada’s first applied research doctorate designed exclusively for working professionals. It responds to the growing demand nationally and internationally for scholar-practitioners who can provide intellectual leadership in the workplace and help build sustainable organizations, communities, and societies in an age of global interdependence.

An alternative to traditional doctoral programs, the Doctor of Social Sciences focuses on the interdisciplinary applications of the social sciences to complex, real-world problems of direct concern to organizations, communities, and society in general.

The program of study builds candidates’ knowledge of a range of applied social research methodologies and their understanding of their relevance to specific practical social purposes. The DSocSci program is based on the academic and professional expertise of the Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences (FSAS). Doctoral programs of study should normally be consistent with the research areas of emphasis in one or several of the FSAS schools: the School of Communication and Culture, the School of Environment and Sustainability, the School of Leadership Studies, the School of Education and Technology, and the School of Humanitarian Studies.

Who It's For

Career professionals with a master’s degree in one of the social sciences or related disciplines who have a minimum of 10 years work experience in positions of decision-making authority and, those who seek to advance their applied research skills and provide analytical leadership to solve complex real-world problems.

The program design is tailored to career professionals and speaks to recent Canadian research that shows two out of three PhD graduates will work in non-university settings, rather than as university professors.

This degree will be of particular interest to policy analysts, senior administrators, or executives from the public, private, or non-profit sector who work in areas such as natural resource management, health care, global security, professional communication, disaster relief, humanitarian aid, conflict management, values-based leadership, environmental sustainability, or learning and technology.

Delivery Model

The Doctor of Social Sciences (DSocSci) program includes two, three-week residencies. The remainder of the program is completed online. Candidates are not required to take an extended leave from their workplace, but they will need to take time off from work to attend the required residencies as well as ensure that they have sufficient time during the year to work on their courses and dissertation.

All of the courses included in the DSocSci program of study must be taken unless otherwise recommended by a primary faculty supervisor and the Dean of the Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences. All students must complete each of the courses in the program of study prior to undertaking candidacy exams.

Exams first require a written submission that includes a literature review, methodology review and detailed plan for the dissertation research. An oral examination based on the written submission is conducted by the dissertation supervisors and program director. Candidacy exams are assessed as a pass or fail.

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Our program enables students to pursue individualized and innovative interdisciplinary research outside the boundaries of existing discipline-specific graduate programs. Read more
Our program enables students to pursue individualized and innovative interdisciplinary research outside the boundaries of existing discipline-specific graduate programs. The IDST PhD program has grown rapidly and with over 70 students is now the single largest PhD program at UNB.

The M IDST and PhD IDST programs are supported by over 75 faculty members at UNB Fredericton and UNB Saint John across all major disciplines. The program is recognized for its high quality students, and its program diversity and flexibility.

Previous graduates of the program are employed in academia and in the private and public sector. Recent PhD IDST graduate include:
-Dr. Michelle Cardoso, who was immediately hired as a Postdoctoral Fellow to assist a France company with airplane seat design
-Dr. Linda Duffett-Leger is now an Assistant Professor of Nursing in Calgary, with interests that include community nursing and population health, maternal mental health, and web-based approaches to learn and technology in classrooms
-Dr. Michael Maynard is now Dean of Seneca College
-Dr. Ken Seaman is now a Senior Instructor in Kinesiology at UNB
-Dr. Karen Stote is now Assistant Professor in Women’s Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University

Current student research projects

Our Interdisciplinary students work with a wide range of faculty across both campuses. Our current students are researching topics such as:
-Transgender advocacy
-Cultural ‘translation’ of standardized tests for school students in Spanish-speaking countries.
-Examining economic development in Northern Ontario - reconciling First Nations approaches with Canadian approaches.
-The culture of Saint John: The media choices of a post-industrial city.
-Improving the Quality of Salmon in Bristol Bay, Alaska: Wealth, profit sharing, and their effects on the dilemma of collective action, Communication and Information Flow in Integrated Oceans Management.
-Qualitative exploration of women’s appearance post cancer diagnosis and treatment.
-Perceptions of Aging Master’s Athletes Involved in High Risk Sports, Workplace Wellness.

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The Women and Gender Studies Institute (WGSI) offers a program leading to the Master of Arts and the Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Women and Gender Studies. Read more
The Women and Gender Studies Institute (WGSI) offers a program leading to the Master of Arts and the Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Women and Gender Studies. The Master’s ​Progr​am in Women and Gender Studies (MWGS) focuses on feminist colonial, post-colonialism, diasporic, and transnational studies as rubrics for studying gender, sex, and feminism. This perspective explores the temporal and geographic processes through which women’s and men’s lives, sexed relations, gendered subjectivities, and sexualities are situated.

The PhD has four emphases: (1) gender, sexuality, and queer studies; (2) feminist cultural studies; (3) feminist studies of technology, science, environment, and biomedicine; and (4) transnational political economy and development studies. Our offerings bring feminist scholarship to the tasks of challenging and investigating colonial, postcolonial, and transnational contexts. Central themes of the program include global capitalism, nation and state formation, empire, citizenship, diaspora, and cultural​ flows, all of which are examined through the lenses of diverse feminist scholarship. The program welcomes applications from international students.

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The Master of Marriage and Family Therapy (MMFT) program is well established having graduated its first students in 1992. The strength of the MMFT is its clinical focus. Read more
The Master of Marriage and Family Therapy (MMFT) program is well established having graduated its first students in 1992. The strength of the MMFT is its clinical focus. The core of the program is the 500 hours of therapy under supervision that each student completes primarily at Aurora Family Therapy Centre located on The University of Winnipeg campus. Another reflection of the clinical focus is that all Faculty members are themselves practicing therapists, and all Supervisors are Approved by or Supervisors-in-Training with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

The program is structured to meet the needs of the part‑time student; this fits for those already working in the field who wish to develop a specialty in marriage and family therapy, and for those who are just beginning their career and need time and life experience to develop as a therapist.

Our student body is composed of persons from various backgrounds, the majority with some prior experience as helping professionals. We also have trainees who are choosing family therapy as their first profession, persons in mid-life who are totally changing their career direction, and retirees who are finally realizing a lifelong dream to achieve therapy credentials. We are committed to a policy of non-discrimination, and we welcome diversity, including differences in ethnic origin and sexual preference. Diversity in our learning community mirrors our pluralistic social context and enriches the experiential learning process for everyone.

Research and experience both substantiate that the core predictable indicator of successful therapy is the person of the therapist; thus much attention is paid to this dimension in the MMFT program. Students are taught a variety of therapy theories and are invited to attend to their own professional and personal development in order to become the best therapist possible.

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