At a glance:

Application and document submission deadline

  • January 15 (for admission in September)

Graduate research fields

  • Crime, Law, and Security
  • Knowledge, Education, and Digital Culture
  • Migration, Borders, and Transnationalism
  • Social Inequality and Public Policy

Study options

  • Thesis

Minimum admission requirements

  • Normally a Master's degree or its equivalent in Sociology with at least an 83% average in course work.
  • A statement of academic interest (approximately a page, outlining areas of interest and reasons for choosing to study at the University of Waterloo).
  • Students may choose to submit results from the Graduate Record Examination (both the General Section and the Special Field, Sociology).
  • Three academic references
  • Proof of English language proficiency, if applicable. TOEFL 90 (writing 25, speaking 25), IELTS 7.0 (writing 6.5, speaking 6.5)

Approximate tuition, fees, and living costs

  • To determine the tuition and incidental fees per term for your program, visit the Graduate program tuition page on the Finance website. Once you are on the page:
    • Choose your program type: master’s & diploma programs or doctoral programs
    • Choose your residency status: Canadian/permanent resident or international
    • Choose a term (tuition amounts for future terms are posted approximately two months prior to the start of each term and incidental fees are subject to change)
    • Find your program under the appropriate faculty. Tuition amounts are listed per term, with three terms occurring over the course of a year.
  • Review the study and living costs
  • Due to funding restrictions, the Faculty of Arts is currently limiting the number of international students we can admit. Please contact the department's Associate Chair, Graduate Studies prior to applying to discuss your interest in this program.