School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies



“What makes the MA program different, perhaps unique, is the people who inhabit it. The Queen’s Sociology Department is full of people who are not only willing, but eager to help you reach your full potential. With small class sizes, students are encouraged to collaborate with their peers as well as supportive professors. Queen’s Sociology is an educational community that I am very proud to be part of. ”

Jennifer Whitaker (MA 2019)

“What I find unique about the Department of Sociology at Queen’s University is the diversity of graduate student research projects and the personalized support offered alongside. The department here is just the right size; small enough to target individual student needs and large enough to dream big, and tackle those sociological questions you’ve been pondering since undergrad.”

Mandi Veenstra (PhD Candidate)

Program Contact

Celina Caswell
Graduate Assistant
Department of Sociology, Mackintosh-Corry Hall, 
Room D431
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, Children’s Aid Society and the Japanese Foreign Service
  • 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 three core areas:

  • Power, Inequalities and Social Justice;
  • Criminology and Law;
  • Media, Information and Surveillance.

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.

  • ABRAMS, Thomas - Disability Studies; Sociological Theory; Social Inequality; Sociology of Health and Illness; Sociology of the Body
  • 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
  • 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
  • MÖLLERS, Norma - Science, Technology & Politics; Cybersecurity & Surveillance; Digital Labour
  • 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
  • MYERS, Nicole - Bail and Pre-trial Detention; Supervision and Conditions of Release; Court Processing and Sentencing; Punishment and Social Control; Criminal Justice policy
  • SICILIANO, Michael - Labor and Workplace Sociology; Cultural Sociology; Media; Organizations; Science and Technology Studies; Ethnography
  • 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
  • SYTSMA, Victoria - Criminology; Policy & Program Evaluation; Policing; Quantitative Data Analysis
Funding, Academic Prerequisites & Deadline

Funding Information

Master’s Programs: The minimum guaranteed funding  package for MA students is $14,000 per year for two years

Ph.D.: The minimum guaranteed funding package for PhD students is $21,000 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 $10,000 (PhD) 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 undergraduate degree in Sociology or equivalent with a minimum B+ standing.

Ph.D.: 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.

Other Requirements

To complete an application to the PhD program, applicants must have an agreement of supervision by a faculty member with a full time, joint, or cross appointment with the Department. PhD applicants must identify one of the three research areas as their primary specialty area and secure a faculty member in the Department who is willing to supervisor the work.

Test Requirements

For international students if required a minimum TOEFL score of 600 (paper based) or TOEFL iBT minimum score of 88. 

Key Dates and Deadlines

The application review process begins on January 15 and continues through the Spring. Applications must be submitted by January 15 to be considered for internal awards. We start to send out offers of acceptance in late February. Applications received after January 15 are accepted, and successful applicants may be offered funding, on a case-by-case basis, so please reach out for more information or begin your application.

We strongly urge all students to apply for external funding from SSHRC, OGS, CGS and other sources. Entering graduate students who win federal government tri-council awards are automatically provided a one time top-up of $5000 (Masters), $10,000 (PhD) award by Queen’s.

Learning Outcomes

Grad Maps

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Using a surveillance studies lens