Programs and Courses


Why Sociology @ Memorial?

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.

Description of programs

  • MA – 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.
  • PhD – The PhD program involves courses, study preparation and writing of a comprehensive exam, production and oral defence of a dissertation proposal, research data collection and analysis, writing of a dissertation and a final oral defence of the dissertation. This process normally takes at least four years of full-time study.

Contact a faculty supervisor

Graduate applicants interested in research-based programs are strongly encouraged to contact a faculty supervisor at the time of application. First, contact the Sociology Graduate Officer for advice, then visit the Department of Sociology website for a list of faculty members, their research interests, and contact information. You may also use the Yaffle search engine to find a supervisor you may wish to work with.

Minimum admission requirements

  • MA – Bachelor's degree (minimum second class) in an appropriate area of study
  • PhD – Master's degree in an appropriate area of study


Important Note: The information provided on this website is subject to change. The University Calendar is the final authority on university fees and regulations.

Program Information

Degrees Offered:



course, thesis


MA: 1-2 years
PhD: 4 years

Campus: St. John's

Application Deadline:

February 1 for Fall admission


MA: $6,800
PhD: $10,750

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Tuition (Canadian students):

MA: $632-$1,313/semester
PhD: $888/semester

Tuition (International students):

MA: $822-$1,706/semester
PhD: $1,153/semester

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