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The Department of Sociology at McMaster University offers an exceptional graduate experience.

The Department fosters close mentorship with faculty members who are leading scholars in the fields of Gender, Sexuality and Family; Politics, Social Movements, and Policy; Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration; Social Inequality; Social Psychology; and Work and Occupations.

Application Deadline: January 15, 2018

The Department of Sociology offers three graduate level programs

Our programs emphasize the importance of good scholarship and trains students in current developments in the field of Sociology in Canada and internationally.

There are around 45 graduate students enrolled in the department (16 MA and 29 PhD) and 17 professors active in graduate supervision.

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Our strength is the quality of our faculty and our diverse fields of study

The department has close to 25 members. There is a strong research focus and we pride ourselves on the impact of our research. In the Sociology Department at McMaster research strengths include:

  • Gender, Sexuality and Family
  • Race, Ethnicity and Immigration
  • Political Sociology, Social Movements, and Social Policy
  • Social Inequality
  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology of Work and Occupations

More on our researchers and fields of study

Alumni Bios

See what our graduates have to say about our programs

Erika Clark

Research Assistant at a social research consultancy firm in Toronto

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Stephanie Howells

Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Guelph

See what Stephanie has to say.

Deena Abul Fottouh

Canadian Sociological Association Outstanding Graduating Student Award 2017 & holder of the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship

See what Deena has to say.

Graduate Funding & Resources


Financial support from the university is available to full-time students on a competitive basis. The "Plan for Graduate Education at McMaster" sets a minimum guaranteed funding for doctoral students (currently $17,500 a year for four years). McMaster's Department of Sociology offers numerous scholarships, teaching assistantships, external awards, travel scholarships and bursaries.

Every PhD student and many MA students are offered a Teaching Assistantship or a Research Assistantship in lieu of a Teaching Assistantship totalling approximately $11,520.

Scholarships & Awards

Graduate Student Life

Here in Graduate Sociology, we have a vibrant student community. When we think of graduate school, we think of taking classes, writing exams and papers, and doing research. However, there is much more to graduate school than scholarly activities and in McMaster Sociology, we are committed to making the graduate student experience a positive one.

Student Life

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Melanie Heath

Associate Professor | Graduate Chair of the Department of Sociology

Corinne Jehle

Administrative Assistant, Graduate Program