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Apply to the Sociology Graduate Program

Application Deadline: January 15, 2018 for September 2018 entrance.

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

Application Deadline: January 15, 2018  for September 2018 entrance.

The on-line application system will open on November 10, 2017.  

Late applications will not be accepted.

 

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, 2018 for September 2018 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 2017-18 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.

Please do not submit an unofficial transcript or "student record print" unless it meets the following criteria:

  • Your full name is shown
  • The university's name is shown
  • It contains grades of your entire studies; some records prints only contain two years of grades.

 

Statement of Interest

Statement of Interest - MA Sociology and MA Sociology with Stream in Social Psychology

Please upload a one-page, single-spaced statement of interest that specifies your proposed area of study for the MA degree in Sociology or MA 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 MA program who have not completed a BA 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.

Statement of Interest - PhD in Sociology 

Please upload a one-page, single-spaced statement of interest that specifies your proposed area of study for the PhD degree in Sociology. What research questions inspire you? What methodological skills do you bring and hope to develop while in the program? Applicants should identify the sociological research plan they will pursue in their doctoral research. Please also identify one of more potential faculty supervisors with whom you would like to work.

Applicants who do not have a BA or MA degree 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 single author 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.  Please do not submit letters from employers even if they are academic employers (TA or RA); the reference must be from an instructor.

 

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 2016. All results MUST be received no later than February 15, 2018. (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

MA Applicants can submit a resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV) if desired.  PhD applicants should submit a CV that contains all scholarship awarded, all conferences attended and any publications.   It is not necessary to list any non-academic employment.

 

Application Fee

The system will charge a $110 application fee. The fee is non-refundable. Your application will not be considered for admission until your application fee has been paid.

Graduate Application FAQ

Find answers to the most common questions about the admission process for all Sociology Graduate Programs including (but not limited to) questions like:

  • What are admissions requirements?
  • What if I have a disability? 
  • Do you recognize international degrees?
  • Can you waive my application fee?
  • What happens if I change my mind?
  • How many reference letters do I need?

Graduate Application FAQ