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Queen's University

Additional Information


M.A.: BA Honours undergraduate degree in Sociology with a minimum B+ standing.

Ph.D.: BA Honours degree in Sociology and M.A. degree in Sociology. We also welcome applications from students lacking these prerequisites, particularly those with degrees from disciplines or interdisciplinary programs related to our specialty areas, for example, Communications, Criminology, law, Gender Studies, etc.



Our deadline for applications is February 1.  However, in some cases, applications are considered before the Fall term begins, as long as space is available in the program. Please complete the on-line application. Referees will automatically be contacted once you submit your application. We require two references only.  Please send your transcripts to the School of Graduate Studies. The writing sample and the statement of interest, if more space is required, are sent electronically to Michelle Ellis at The writing sample is usually a paper submitted in a sociology course.  It is typically 10-15 pages in length.  Please send these documents single sided.  Decisions are made in March.

On-line application: School of Graduate Studies

See How to Apply (School of Graduate Studies).

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Financial Aid

In addition to entrance awards, and teaching and research assistantships, the Department guarantees competitive financial support to all incoming students:

M.A. students are guaranteed a minimum of $14,000 in the form of a Queen's Graduate Award and a teaching assistantship.

Ph.D. students are guaranteed a minimum of $18,000 which includes a teaching assistantship and a Queen's Graduate Award. Funding is guaranteed for 4 years.

In addition to the above, international students are guaranteed $5,000 in the form of an International Tuition Award (ITA).  The ITA is highly competitive and is typically reserved for PhD students.

Additional funding, Queen's Fellowships, are available on a competitive basis to all whose applications for admission are complete by February 1st. Winners of these internal fellowships receive at minimum the fellowship and a teaching assistantship. Students who win major external awards, such as SSHRC or OGS, will receive at minimum that award plus a teaching or research assistantship. Additional "top up" monies are awarded whenever possible: if an external scholarship is received, please contact the Department. We make every attempt to ensure our offers are fully competitive with other Canadian universities.

Features of Interest

  • The University Computing Centre provides a complex of the most modern computer equipment, and instructional assistance in its use. The Department of Sociology shares a semi-public computer room and also has its own computer lab for Sociology graduate students
  • The Stauffer Library contains a well-developed collection of nineteenth and twentieth century Canadian books, newspapers, periodicals and government documents. It subscribes electronically to all major journals.
  • The United Nations Documents Library contains the reports of many international bodies.
  • The Law Library and the Health Sciences Library have substantial collections pertinent to the sociological study of these areas.
  • Resources in Women's Studies include library holdings of over 5,000 volumes. The Ban Righ Foundation provides weekly programs and serves as a resource centre for women.
  • Students in Sociology can draw upon the resources of the many professional Faculties and Schools which are at Queen's including Law, Medicine, Education, Kinesiology and Health Studies, Policy Studies, Environmental Studies, Urban and Regional Planning, Public Administration, Business, and the Industrial Relations Centre.
  • These cooperative relationships, together with a provision that enables students to take courses in other departments within the Faculty of Arts and Science, provide the opportunity for interdisciplinary scholarly work. The Department houses an interdisciplinary group that is supported by a SSHRC-funded project on surveillance and Information and Communication Technology.


Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000