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Master of Arts in Sociology: Stream in Social Psychology

The Department of Sociology at McMaster University offers a graduate experience that fosters close mentorship with faculty members who are leading scholars in our six areas of specialty. The program emphasizes the importance of good scholarship and trains students in current developments in the field of Sociology in Canada and internationally.

M.A.Master of Arts in Sociology: Stream in Social Psychology

The Department of Sociology at McMaster University offers a graduate experience that fosters close mentorship with faculty members who are leading scholars in our six areas of specialty. The program emphasizes the importance of good scholarship and trains students in current developments in the field of Sociology in Canada and internationally.

The M.A. Sociology with stream in Social Psychology can be completed by a coursework option.   The coursework option requires the satisfactory completion of eight one-term courses. All students must pass one 700 level theory course (750 or 751) and one 700 level research methods course (740, 742, 743). In addition, students must complete two courses relating to social psychology:   702, 704, 711, 718, 755, 758.  No more than two of the eight courses may be at the 600-level; no more than two of the eight courses may be independent research courses (730, 731).  Students declare their intention to pursue the stream by the end of the second term while in the programme.

M.A. candidates accepted as regular graduate students ordinarily take one calendar year for the course-work option.

Thank you for your interest in graduate study in Sociology at McMaster University.

The following materials are required for application to the program:

 

On-line application

Applicants should carefully read the information on this website regarding admission requirements, transcripts, tests and documentation before completing the electronic application form.

Begin your on-line application by proceeding to the application website of the School of Graduate Studies.  

Deadline is January 15, 2017 for September 2017 entrance. The system will close promptly on this date. Early submission is advised.

Note: once you have submitted your application, it is not possible to change or correct your uploads. Please submit new material as pdf documents to socgrad@mcmaster.ca. It may take 3-5 business days before your application is updated.

For a step-by-step guideline of how to complete the on-line application, click here.

 

Transcripts

Upload a scan of all university transcripts to the application system. If your university does not provide term I 2016-17 grades by the admissions deadline, please upload the transcript you have by January 15. Once grades are available, please send a scan of your official transcript to socgrad@mcmaster.ca. It is expected that all such documents arrive by February 1 for priority admissions consideration.

If an offer of admission is extended, you will receive directions to submit formal transcripts in institutionally sealed envelopes.

 

Statement of Interest

Please upload a one-page, single-spaced statement of interest that specifies your proposed area of study for the M.A. degree in Sociology or M.A. degree in Sociology with Stream in Social Psychology. What research questions inspire you? What methodological skills do you bring and hope to develop while in the program? Please also identify one of more potential faculty supervisors with whom you would like to work.

Applicants to the M.A. program who have not completed a B.A. in Sociology should include with their statement of interest an additional statement (maximum 500 words) outlining their preparation for graduate study in Sociology, e.g., completed courses with substantial sociological content, sociological research and sociologists that have informed your own work, related research assistantship experiences, etc.

Writing Sample

Please also upload a sample of written academic work that demonstrates your ability to do sociological work and your ability to write. This sample may be a course paper, part of a course paper, a thesis chapter, or a publication. The sample should be no longer than 12 double-spaced pages. Formatting should be set at least one-inch margins and 12-point type. (This is a length specification: your sample of work may be in a different format but should be of equivalent maximum length.)

 

Letters of Recommendation

Two confidential reference letters are required from instructors most familiar with your academic work. The electronic referencing system will send an e-Reference request on your behalf.

If you are unable to use the Electronic Referencing system, you can download the paper reference form. This reference letter must be sent directly by the referee in a sealed envelope: Department of Sociology, 1280 Main St W., Hamilton ON L8S 4M4 Canada.

English language proficiency for applicants whose native language is not English (such as TOEFL Scores)

Applicants whose native language is not English must satisfy the University's language proficiency requirement prior to an offer of admission. There will be no exceptions to the language requirement.

If your degree was completed at a university where the language of instruction was English and your university includes a verification statement on its transcript or in an accompanying letter, you will not need to provide further proof of language skills.

Otherwise, you are asked to upload a copy of your language examination results to the on-line system. There is a minimum requirement for the TOEFL (iBT) score of 92 (580 on the paper-based TOEFL test or 237 on the computer based test) or MELAB score of 90 or IELTS of 6.5.

This score should not have been obtained prior to January 2014. All results MUST be received no later than February 15, 2017. (Note: The TOEFL institution code for McMaster is "0936"; the Department code is "96").

International Applicants may wish to review the resources of the Office of International Affairs and International Student Services.

 

CV or Resume (Optional)

Applicants can submit a Curriculum Vitae (CV) or resume if desired.

 

Application Fee

The system will charge a $100 application fee; extra fees for payment by cheque or money order apply. The fee is non-refundable. Your application will not be considered for admission until your application fee has been paid.

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Graduate Admissions

When should I apply? What is the application deadline?

The application deadline is January 15 for September 2017 entry. However, we encourage you to submit your completed application beforehand.

What are the admissions requirements?

Minimum admissions requirements as follows: 

M.A. Program

Applicants with strong grades (at minimum, a B+ average in their third and fourth level courses in their major) who expect to have completed an honours degree in sociology, social psychology or a closely related social scientific field may be admitted as candidates for the MA degree. Students with substantial coursework in sociology from outside of the social sciences disciplines also will be considered.

Please note admission is competitive: meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

I am a student with a disability. Should I mention something about this in my application?

The McMaster Sociology Department does not discriminate against students with disabilities. Applicants are urged to declare any disabilities, as well as to provide details concerning accommodations provided by their previous educational institutions, at the time of application. Such declaration is encouraged particularly in cases where it is felt that the disability may have affected past academic performance, and/or where accommodation may be required in order for the student to be successful in his/her graduate program.

The School of Graduate Studies' policy with regard to students with disabilities can be found here (Section 6.5 of the School of Graduate Studies Calendar). Further information may be obtained from the School of Graduate Studies or the Student Accessibility Services (x28652).

 

I am an international applicant. Will you recognize my degree?

Applicants educated at non-Canadian institutions should note that their educational background will be assessed for equivalency with a McMaster University degree. Unfortunately the Department of Sociology does not have the resources to pre-screen applications.

 

How much is the application fee?

The application fee is $100. This fee is non-refundable and must be paid in Canadian dollars by means of a credit card payment or a cheque (or world money order) drawn on a Canadian bank made payable to McMaster University. Cheques (or world money order) drawn on Canadian banks should also include a $15 processing fee, for a total of $115. Cheques with insufficient funds (NSF) will result in an additional $55 fee owing.

 

How should I pay the application fee?

Please submit payments online a major credit card. The application fee will not be processed until the application is complete. If you pay the application fee by cheque or world money order, please send the cheque (or world money order) to the following address:

School of Graduate Studies

McMaster University

Gilmour Hall, Room 212

1280 Main Street West

Hamilton, Ontario Canada L8S 4L8

Your application will not be considered for admission until your application fee has been received.

 

Can my application fee be waived?

The application fee will not be waived, refunded, or deferred.

 

I changed my mind and do not want to go to graduate school anymore; can the application fee be refunded?

The application fee will not be refunded.

I accidentally applied for the wrong program; can this be changed, or can the application fee be refunded?

If you have applied for the wrong program, you must begin a new application for the correct program. The fee for the incorrect application cannot be refunded.

I want to apply to more than one program; do I have to submit more than one application?

If you wish to apply to more than one program, you must pay separate application fees and submit separate sets of documents for each. 

English is not my first language. Do I need to write an English exam?

If English is not your first language:

Applicants are required to submit evidence of their proficiency in the English language as part of their application. The most common evidence is a score on one of the following exams:

  • TOEFL: minimum score of 92 (internet based), 237 (computer based) or 580 (paper based)
  • IELTS (Academic): minimum overall score of 6.5, with at least 5.5 in each section
  • MELAB: minimum score of 85

Applicants who have completed an academic ESL program through Canadian academic institutions may petition to have this considered in lieu of TOEFL.

Do I have to list all of my previous schools and education training?

A complete record of all post-secondary attendance is required for all applicants.

 

How many reference letters are required for admission?

The Sociology Department requires two (2) confidential letters of recommendation from instructors most familiar with your academic work.

What is the submission process for my referees?

McMaster University uses the Electronic Referencing System. By entering the email address of your referee through the online application, the system will automatically send an e-Reference request on your behalf. If for some reason you are unable to use the Electronic Referencing System, you can download the Reference form here.

My referee’s contact information has changed. I have already submitted my online application; how can I edit the referee's contact information?

Please contact socgrad@mcmaster.ca with full information about your new referee including name, email, and full university mailing address.

Where can I find information on the status of my application?

You can log in to the Online Application for information on the status of your application

Can I send a hardcopy application?

No, you need to submit your application online.

Do I apply for funding at the same time as I apply for admission?

The Department of Sociology at McMaster University offers financial support of incoming graduate students to help them to excel at their studies and to complete their graduate programs in a timely manner. Funding for graduate study usually comprises a combination of monies from graduate scholarships, teaching assistantships, and research assistantships. Many current and incoming graduate students receive additional funding from external agencies (see below).

Applicants are advised to apply for federal scholarships (not applicable for international applicants). For general information, click here.

Canada Graduate Scholarships - Master's Program 
All Master's applicants should apply for this federal scholarship if they meet the eligibility requirements. Deadline: December 1, 2016. Please choose McMaster as one of your five choices for University.

Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program Doctoral Scholarships, and SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships.
If you are currently in a Master's program, you are required to apply via your home university. Check with your current department for the internal deadline; typically it is in October.

Alternatively, students in health related research (social psychology) may want to apply to the Canadian Institute of Health Research Doctoral Research Awards.

 

Still have questions?

If you have additional questions about the admissions process or graduate program, please email socgrad@mcmaster.ca. If you need assistance with the technical aspect of your on-line application form, please contact sgsonline@mcmaster.ca. In both cases, please allow three to five days for a response.

The Department of Sociology at McMaster University offers financial support of incoming graduate students to help them to excel at their studies and to complete their graduate programs in a timely manner. Funding for graduate study usually comprises a combination of monies from graduate scholarships, teaching assistantships, and research assistantships. Many current and incoming graduate students receive additional funding from external agencies (see below).

Applicants are advised to apply for federal scholarships (not applicable for international applicants). For general information, click here.

Canada Graduate Scholarships - Master's Program 
All Master's applicants should apply for this federal scholarship if they meet the eligibility requirements. Deadline: December 1, 2016. Please choose McMaster as one of your five choices for University.

Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program Doctoral Scholarships, and SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships.
If you are currently in a Master's program, you are required to apply via your home university. Check with your current department for the internal deadline; typically it is in October.

Alternatively, students in health related research (social psychology) may want to apply to the Canadian Institute of Health Research Doctoral Research Awards.

 

SOCIOL 6Z03 / Introduction to Social Statistics

SOCIOL 700 / Selected Topics in Sociology I

SOCIOL 701 / Selected Topics in Sociology II

SOCIOL 702 / Selected Topics in Sociological Approaches to Social Psychology

SOCIOL 704 / Deviance and Social Problems

SOCIOL 705 / Sociology of Organizations

SOCIOL 710 / Introduction to Research Design in Sociology

SOCIOL 711 / Sociological Perspectives in Social Psychology

SOCIOL 713 / Social Inequality

SOCIOL 714 / Political Sociology

SOCIOL 716 / Sociology of Education

SOCIOL 718 / Sociology of Work and Occupations

SOCIOL 719 / Sociology of Health and Health Care

SOCIOL 720 / Sociology of Aging

SOCIOL 730 / Supervised Research Course

SOCIOL 731 / Supervised Research Course in Sociological Approaches to Social Psychology

SOCIOL 740 / Statistical Methods for Social Research

SOCIOL 742 / Qualitative Methods

SOCIOL 743 / Historical Methods

SOCIOL 750 / Classical Sociological Theory

SOCIOL 751 / Contemporary Sociological Theory

SOCIOL 755 / Individual and Society

SOCIOL 758 / Sociology of Race and Ethnicity

SOCIOL 759 / Sociology of Gender

SOCIOL 761 / Topics in Statistical Methods for Social Research

SOCIOL 770 / Advanced Analysis of Survey Data

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socgrad@mcmaster.ca
Length:
M.A. candidates accepted as regular graduate students ordinarily take one calendar year for the course-work option.
Required Credential:
Applicants with strong grades (at minimum, a B+ average in their third and fourth level courses in their major) who expect to have completed an honours degree in sociology, social psychology or a closely related social scientific field may be admitted as candidates for the MA degree. Students with substantial coursework in sociology from outside of the social sciences disciplines also will be considered. Please note admission is competitive: meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission
Program Type:
Course Based
Program Options:
Full-time
Typical Entry:
September
Current Deadline:
January 15