Department of Sociology

DEPARTMENT OF

Sociology

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 The Master's and Doctoral Programs in the Department of Sociology focus primarily on three streams: 

In addition to the Graduate Streams and the research project clusters, core and cross-appointed faculty undertake supervision and research across the following areas: Social and Sociological Theory, Economic Sociology, Social Capital, Stratification & Mobility, Consumer Culture and Consumption,Visual Culture, Urban Sociology and Cities, Science & Technology Studies, Intersectionality, Feminist Theory, Material Culture, Privacy & Citizenship, Social Movements.

Looking for a Supervisor? (PhD only)
As a prospective PhD student, you must identify and contact a potential supervisor before you apply to ensure a good 'fit' for your research.  The following faculty are currently available for and actively interested in supervising new PhD applicants in the Sociology program:

Stephen Baron (Criminology, Young Offenders) 

Rob Beamish (Sociological Theory, Hegel & Marx, Sociology of Sport and the Body, Early Modernity)

Annette Burfoot (Gender & Visual Culture, Visual Science Studies, Cultural Studies, Reproductive Technologies, Feminist Theory)

Martin Hand (Digital Culture, Consumer Culture, Visual Culture, Memory, Technology Studies, Cultural Sociology)

Fiona Kay (Sociology of Law, Gender, Research Methods, Professions)  

Cynthia Levine-Rasky (Race, Ethnicity, Critical Race Theory, Inequality)

David Lyon (Surveillance, Identification, Biometrics, Histories, Cultures & Ethics of Surveillance) 

Norma Mollërs (Science, Technology & Politics; Cybersecurity & Surveillance; Digital Labour)

David Murakami Wood (Surveillance & Security, Cities & Globalization, War & terrorism, Film & Science Fiction)

Sarita Srivastava (Social Movements, Anti-Racist Theory & Practice, Gender & Race, Sociology of Emotions)

Victoria Sytsma (Criminology; Policy & Program Evaluation; Policing; Quantitative Data Analysis)

Marcus Taylor (Political Economy, Economic Sociology, Political Ecology, Labour & Livelihoods, Climate Change Adaptation)

Admissions
Admission Requirements

MA: BA Honours undergraduate degree in Sociology or equivalent with a minimum B+ standing.

PhD: BA Honours undergraduate degree and Master's degree in Sociology or equivalent with a minimum A- standing. We also welcome applications from students with alternative academic backgrounds, particularly those with degrees from disciplines or interdisciplinary programs related to our specialty areas, for example, Communications, Criminology, Law, Gender Studies, Media Studies, Cultural Studies.

If you are thinking of applying to our Ph.D. program, we advise that you approach faculty members whose interests match yours. Faculty will be happy to discuss your ideas with you.

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 Celina Caswell at socygrad@queensu.ca. 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.

We do welcome part-time status applicants at both the MA and PhD level. Applicants should know that these places carry no financial support from the University. Part-time students may be able to TA, but full-time students will be offered such opportunities first.

Statement of Interest for Graduate Applications

MA

MA applicants will vary in what they put in their statement of interest. Some have a very precise project in mind and they outline that particular project and indicate someone they feel would be able to best supervise them. But some applicants haven't narrowed in on a precise project so they indicate the area in which they are interested in studying. For the MA, we do not expect original research but demonstrated mastery of a given body of sociological literature related to a focused research question. If known, you could indicate whether you wish to pursue the essay or thesis option. Some MA students choose to do field work, but it is not mandatory. The length of the statement is about a page although it might be longer if you have a precise project (so 300 to 500 words in general).

PhD

Doctoral applicants will vary in what they put in their statement of interest. Some have a very precise project in mind and they outline that particular project and indicate the people they feel would be able to best supervise them. But some applicants haven't narrowed in on a precise project so they indicate the area in which they are interested in studying, the outlines of a possible project, and again indicate who might best supervise them. It's also a good idea to indicate why you have chosen Queen's Sociology -- what is there in particular about the program or people that makes this a good fit for your doctoral work. The length is probably about a page although it might be longer if you have a precise project (so 300 to 500 words in general). Each applicant must identify a faculty member in the Department who is willing to at least initially supervisor the work.

On-line application: School of Graduate Studies

See How to Apply (School of Graduate Studies)

Financial Support

In addition to entrance awards, and Teaching and Research Assistantships, the Department guarantees competitive financial support to all incoming students:

MA students are guaranteed a minimum of $14,000 in the form of a Queen's Graduate Award and a Teaching Assistantship.  Funding is guaranteed for 2 years.

PhD students are guaranteed a minimum of $21,000 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 per year 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.

 

Awards & Bursaries 

Graduate students in the Department of Sociology at Queen’s have an outstanding record of securing funding. Students have recently been successful in gaining prestigious Vanier awards, SSHRC CGS awards, and a variety of other major scholarships.   

Internal Awards:

If you feel you are a worthy applicant and qualify for any internal award please contact the Graduate Coordinator.

Successful applicants are considered for Queen’s Graduate Fellowships/Scholarships for which they qualify, no separate application is necessary. The awards are valued between $5,000 and $10,000 and are awarded on a competitive basis.

Blakely Family Student Initiatives Award

Applications for funding must be received prior to the conference/event for which you are applying. See Blakely Student Initiatives Fund (429, KB) for further information.

Other Grants, Awards & Fellowships

Please see Queen's Internal Grants for a list of Grants, Awards and Fellowships available to Queen's graduate students.

External Awards:

Graduate students are encouraged to apply for all external fellowships for which they are eligible. Some major sources of external awards are the following:

  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) – responsible for promoting and supporting research and research training in the social sciences and humanities in Canada. SSHRC supports research on the economic, political, social and cultural dimensions of human activity.

  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR ) – promote and support basic, clinical and applied research and research training in the health sciences. It supports research that contributes to the acquisition of knowledge as well as the application of scientific research for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases.

You may only submit one application per academic year to NSERC or CIHR or SSHRC. How to select the appropriate agency.

Information on the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) can be found here.

Graduate students are expected to serve as paid teaching assistants in many of the undergraduate courses offered by the Department. Full-time students must limit teaching assistantship employment to an average of ten hours per week in each term.

For other awards and bursaries, please see: Graduate Calendar - Awards & Financial Assistance

Employment

Graduate students are expected to serve as paid Teaching Assistants in many of the undergraduate courses offered by the Department. Full-time students must limit Teaching Assistantships and any other academic employment (including Research Assistantships) to an average of ten hours per week in each term, unless they are Teaching Fellows.

School of Graduate Studies (SGS)
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Contact Us
Celina Caswell, Graduate Assistant, Room D431 Macintosh-Corry Hall, Tel (613) 533-6684, socygrad@queensu.ca