Western University SociologyFaculty of Social Science

Program Requirements

At the Masters level, we offer a research paper stream (a three-term research-oriented program in which students combine course work with a research writing practicum and the completion of a research paper in an area of their choosing) as well as a thesis stream (a six-term program of study combining course work with an opportunity to undertake original research and write a thesis). Students enter into a stream at the end of their first term in the MA program. Entry into the thesis stream requires the development and approval of a preliminary thesis proposal of 2-5 pages and the agreement of a supervisor who supports entry into this stream. Our MA Requirements page provides further details.

The PhD program offers students the opportunity for in-depth and specialized study in a variety of sociological specialties. Students have the opportunity to develop a foundation of knowledge in their area of interest through course work and comprehensive examinations. Students hone their research skills through courses, a research apprenticeship and through researching and writing a doctoral dissertation. Our PhD Requirements page provides further details.