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“I started my Ph.D. at another school. I felt like I was nothing but a number there. I got lost in the shuffle, so I transferred to Queen’s. It was like night and day. The department here is small and I had no trouble forming a committee. The supervisors are easy to talk to. It’s unbelievable in terms of support. It’s a very friendly environment, and when you’re not from Kingston, it’s nice to have that support.”A

April Girard, Ph.D. candidate

Program Contact

Celina Caswell
Graduate Assistant
Department of Sociology, Mackintosh-Corry Hall, 
Room 427
Queen's University, Kingston, ON, Canada K7L 3N6

Phone: 613.533.6684


Program Overview

The Department of Sociology at Queen’s University focuses on critical social inquiry and in-depth research, offering students challenging projects and world-class resources to complete them. Our faculty members are all well-published scholars with national or international reputations, yet they still manage to maintain an open-door policy and establish supportive, mentoring relationships with students.


We are part of The Surveillance Studies Centre, a multi-disciplinary international research initiative which studies issues ranging from supermarket loyalty cards to police networks searching for suspects. We also collaborate with other departments in the university including – Development Studies, Gender Studies, Cultural Studies and Kinesiology & Health Studies.

Career paths – employment opportunities

  • Academia – tenured or tenure-track jobs at universities across Canada
  • Research – such as the RCMP, provincial governments, Statistics Canada, Japanese Foreign Service, Department of Health and Welfare, Research Scientist, Department of National Defence
  • Government Services – including the Ministry of Justice, Statistics Canada, the Ministry of Citizenship & Immigration, Ministry of Health and the Japanese Foreign Service, Children’s Aid Society
  • Other Professions: including law, social work and teaching
Degrees Offered/Method of Completion

Degrees Offered

M.A.: 1-2 years

Ph.D.: 4 years

Method of Completion

M.A.(Thesis): Two core half courses, two other half courses, and a thesis weighted at half of the total program.

M.A.(Essay): Two core half courses, four other half courses, and an essay weighted at one-quarter of the total program.

Ph.D.: Two core half courses, two other half courses, a qualifying examination (written and oral) a thesis and oral defense weighted at half of the total program​

Fields of study and Supervisors

Our programs reflect the expertise of our faculty in their emphasis on four core areas:

  • Critical Sociological Theory
  • Feminist Sociology
  • Social Control, Deviance and Criminology, Socio-Legal Studies
  • Sociology of Communication and Information Technology

Applicants to the Master’s program are not required to find a suitable supervisor in advance. However, we do recommend that PhD students study faculty research areas and contact potential supervisors before starting their program.

  • BARON, Stephen - Criminology; Young Offenders
  • BEAMISH, Rob - Phenomenology and Interpretive Sociology; The Theoretical Logic of Sociology; Marx's Work and Nachlass; Lawrence Krader's Noetics
  • BURFOOT, Annette - Feminism, Visual Science Studies (anatomy, cancer care, science fiction); Technology Studies (political economy of manufacturing, reproductive & genetic engineering); Cultural Studies
  • DAY, Richard - Social, Political, and Cultural Theory; Cultural Studies; Radical Social Movements; Anarchism; Indigenism; Colonialism; Alternatives to Development (not normally available for supervision in SOCY; please see Global Development Studies and Cultural Studies programs)
  • HAND, Martin - Emergent Media; Digital Culture; Photography and Imaging; Archives and Memory; Consumer Culture; Domestic Technologies; Everyday Life; Sociological Theory
  • KAY, Fiona - Sociology of Law, Criminology, Work and Occupations, Sociology of Professions, Gender, Race and Ethnicity, Mixed Methods
  • LEVINE-RASKY, Cynthia - Romani studies; Immigrants and Refugees; Immigration and Refugee Policy; Inequality; Social Justice; Community-Based Research; Qualitative Methods; Ethnography; Writing as Inquiry
  • LYON, David - Surveillance; Identification; Biometrics. Histories and cultures of surveillance. Surveillance in Canada and internationally. Religion, Ethics and Surveillance
  • MURAKAMI-WOOD, David - Surveillance; Security; Global Cities; Science and Technology Studies, particularly Internet of Things and Smart Cities; international comparative perspectives on surveillance and cities, including the UK, Japan and Brazil; science fiction and futurology; Actor-Network Theory / assemblage approaches to Social Theory
  • SACCO, Vincent - Victimization & Community Reactions to Crime; Urban Sociology; Sociology of Deviance; Mass Media, Social Constructionism
  • SRIVASTAVA, Sarita - Social Movements; Critical Race Theory, Anti-Racist Theory and Practice, Feminist Movements and Feminist Theory, Sociology of Gender and Race, Sociology of Emotion
Funding, Academic Prerequisites & Deadline

Funding Information

Basic Funding Package (Graduate Student Award and Teaching Assistantships).

Master’s Programs: minimum $14,000 (Queen’s Graduate Awards & teaching assistantships) per year for two years

Ph.D.: minimum $21,000 (Queen’s graduate awards & teaching assistantships) per year for four years

We encourage you to apply for additional funding through external scholarships (SSHRC, OGS, etc.). Entering graduate students who win federal government tri-council awards are automatically provided a $5,000 (M.A) and a $7500 (PhD - will be increased to $10,000 for the 2016/17 academic year) top-up award by Queen’s in the first year. However, students can not hold both OGS & SSHRC grants simultaneously and should a student be awarded either, they do not receive a Queen’s Graduate Award.

Academic Prerequisites

M.A.: BA Honours in Sociology (or equivalent such as communications, criminology, law, women’s studies) with a minimum B+ standing.

Ph.D.: M.A. in Sociology, minimum A- average.

Other Requirements

Ph.D. students must identify one of the four research areas as your primary speciality area, to be sent directly to the Department.

All applicants must submit an unpublished writing sample (i.e. a term paper) in a related field.

Test Requirements

For international students if required a minimum TOEFL score of 600 (paper based) or TOEFL iBT minimum scores of: writing (24/30); speaking (22/30); reading (22/30); listening (20/30), for a total of 88/120. Applicants must have the minimum score in each test as well as the minimum overall score.

Key Dates and Deadlines

Application Deadline: February 1 to be considered for internal awards, but we will accept later applications.

Notification of Acceptance: Starts at the end of February

Learning Outcomes & Program Milestones
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Using a surveillance studies lens