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Sociology, M.A.


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Requirements


Normally candidates for admission to the M.A. program are expected to have completed work in sociology equivalent to the honours degree (57 units, including 9 units of theory and 12 units of methods). A candidate for the M.A. degree in Sociology may follow either of three programs. Regardless of which M.A. program option is chosen, all students must pass one 700-level theory course, namely one of:

A. Thesis Option


A candidate must pass a minimum of four half courses and must complete and defend a satisfactory thesis based on research. Students are limited to one supervised research course (SOCIOL *730 ), one 600-level half course, and one half course in another department. In the first term, the candidate must enrol in three half courses and by the end of the term, present a thesis proposal to the Department. If the proposal is approved, the candidate may then prepare a thesis. If the proposal is not approved, the student must complete the course work option.

B. Course Work Option


A candidate must pass a minimum of eight half courses. Of these, at least one half course must be a course in Sociological Theory and another half course in Sociological Methods. Students are limited to two supervised research courses (SOCIOL *730 ), two 600-lelvel half courses, and two half courses in another department. All courses will normally be completed by the end of the summer term. Students completing the Course Work or Major Research Paper program options must pass one 700-level method course, namely one of:

C. Major Research Option


A candidate must pass a minimum of six half courses and complete a satisfactory major research paper (MRP). Of the six half courses, at least one must be in a course in Sociological Theory and another in Sociological Methods. Students are limited to one 600-level half course and one course in another department.SOCIOL *730  may not be used to complete the course requirements. In the first term, the candidate must enrol in three half courses and by the end of the term, present a proposal for the MRP to the Department. If the proposal is approved, the candidate may then prepare a MRP. If the proposal is not approved, the student must complete the course work option. Courses will normally be completed through September-April, while the MRP will be completed through the summer. Students completing the Course Work or Major Research Paper program options must pass one 700-level method course, namely one of:

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