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Apply to the Sociology Graduate Program

Application Deadline: December 15, 2018 for September 2019 entrance.

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

Application Deadline: December 15, 2018  for September 2019 entrance.

The on-line application system will open on October 16, 2018.

 

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.

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

Deadline is December 15, 2018 for September 2019 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.

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. Include one copy of the legend page from the back of your transcript. 

Once fall 2018 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.

 

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 or 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 or 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. Please do not submit an entire thesis. Formatting should be set at least one-inch margins and 12-point type.

 

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 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), minimum of 20 per band; for the Faculty of Engineering a minimum score of 88 (internet based) or 213 on the (computer based) or 550 (paper based)
  • IELTS (Academic): minimum overall score of 6.5, with at least 5.5 in each section
  • CAEL: minimum overall score of 70, with at least 60 per band
  • MELAB: minimum score of 85
  • PTE Academic: minimum score of 63; for the Faculty of Engineering a minimum score of 70
  • York University course: YUELI Level 6 with a minimum final grade of B
  • University of Toronto course: Academic Level 60 with a minimum final grade of B

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.

This score should not have been obtained prior to January 2017. All results MUST be received no later than February 1, 2019. (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 scholarships awarded, all conferences attended and any publications.   It is not necessary to list any non-academic employment.

 

Application Fee

The system will charge a non-refundable application fee. Your application will not be considered for admission until your application fee has been paid. Please see the School of Graduate Studies website for more information about the application fee.

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