The deadline for applications for a September start is January 15th.
ProgramExpected LengthProject and/or thesisCourse based
M.A.2 years
Ph.D.4 years

The Department of Sociology offers a thesis and non-thesis program leading to a Master of Arts degree in Sociology and a thesis-based Ph.D. program. The program of study for the candidates in M.A. and Ph.D. programs is prepared to suit the individual student's needs and interests. This generally requires a combination of rigorous training in the areas of theory and methodology and elective courses in the candidate's area of interest.

Graduate student enrollment in the department is at a level that provides flexibility and extensive student-faculty interaction. Presently, there are 50 graduate students enrolled in the M.A. and Ph.D. programs with 19 faculty members who are actively involved in research. Our current faculty research areas are:

  • Citizenship, Immigration, Race, & Ethnicity
  • Crime & Justice
  • Health & Illness
  • Indigenous People & Societies
  • Development, Agriculture & Environment
  • Science, Education & Knowledge
  • Family & Religion

The Department of Sociology at the University of Saskatchewan provides a research supportive environment. Office spaces for students are located near the Graduate Student Computer Labs. Graduate students have opportunities to work in a variety of research settings, including activities related to projects through the Social Sciences Research Laboratories and the Saskatchewan Data Research Centre. 

Research supervisors

It is not necessary to find a potential supervisor before you begin an application. The list below though may be helpful to learn about the research interests of our faculty.

Name Research areas
Daniel BelandComparative public policy, Fiscal policy, Social policy, Political sociology, Historical and comparative sociology
Carolyn BrooksCriminology, Intimate partner violence, Resilience, Restorative justice, Visual sociology, Youth crime
Hongming ChengAboriginal rights, Chinese law and society, corporations, international criminology, policing, white collar crime
Colleen Anne DellAboriginal, Addiction, Animal assisted interventions, Criminalization, Gender, Healing, Health and wellness, Mental Health, One Health & wellness, indigenous
Harley DickinsonHealth, health care, knowledge, policy
Patience Elabor-IdemudiaDevelopment, Food Security, Gender, Human Trafficking, Migration, Race Relations, Transnationalism
Michael GertlerAgriculture, community, development, environmental, resource, rural
John G. HansenAboriginal, Addictions Recovery, Decolonization, Indigenous, Justice, Racism
Julie Kaye
Sarah KnudsonFamilies, gender, sexuality, young adults, research methods
Gregory Loewen
Marie LovrodAutobiography, Feminist Theory, Queer Theory, Transnational Feminisms, Trauma and Resilience
Darrell McLaughlinThe social relations involved in building and maintaining a solidarity food system locally and globally
Jennifer PoudrierCommunity based research, First Nations, Photovoice, Science Studies, Sociology, Sociology of Medicine, health
Elizabeth QuinlanResearch Methods, Work and Work Organization, caregiving, gender, health, illness, women, work
Les SamuelsonAboriginal, Aboriginal Justice, Criminology, Delinquency, Indigenous, Law and Society, Newfoundland and Labrador, culture, justice
Kara SomervilleCanada, India, ethnicity, family, immigration, transnational
Terry WotherspoonAboriginal, immigration, inclusion, indigenous, inequality, social policy, sociology of education
Laura Wright
Li ZongChina, ethnicity, immigration, multiculturalism, racism, transnational

Tuition and funding


To be eligible for department funding, students must meet the language requirements for admission and have obtained at least an 80% academic average in the last two years of study.

In addition to potential funding from your department, there are scholarships and awards available to all eligible students. There are also special programs for international students from China, Vietnam, and Ecuador.


Thesis or project based program

Graduate students in a thesis or project based program pay tuition three times a year for as long as they are enrolled in their program.

Term Canadian International
September 1 - December 31, 2016 $1300.00 $1950.00
January 1 - April 30, 2017 $1300.00 $1950.00
May 1 - August 31, 2017 $1300.00 $1950.00
Total per academic year $3900.00 $5850.00

Tuition information is accurate for the current academic year and does not include student fees. For detailed tuition and fees information, visit the official tuition website.

Admission requirements

  • A four-year honours degree, or equivalent, from a recognized college or university in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (e.g. 60 credit units)
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English
  • A Master’s degree, or equivalent, from a recognized university in a relevant academic discipline 
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 75% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (e.g. 60 credit units)
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English

Application process

Submit an online application

Once you begin an application, choose the following application forms in the system:

  • Graduate (B) Fall term start - September

During the application, you'll be asked for:

  • Personal information such as your name, address, etc.
  • The names and email addresses of your three referees
  • Your educational history from all post-secondary institutions you've attended

The application takes about 20 minutes to complete. You may save your application and return to it later as long as you remember the Login ID and PIN you've created.

At the end of the application, you will need to pay a non-refundable $90 application fee. It is recommended that you pay online with a credit card. If you do not pay online when completing your application, you will need to use an alternate form of payment. Your application will not be processed until payment is received.

If you are a past or current student you may begin an application in the admissions channel of PAWS.

Submitting required documents

Once you've completed an online application you will need to have the following documents submitted:
  • You will need to send in official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate courses (including, where necessary, a certified English translation), even if a degree was not awarded. You do not need to submit transcripts for courses taken at the U of S.
  • Have the transcripts sent directly from the institutions to the department address below.
  • If your current degree is still in progress, you will need to arrange for your official final transcripts showing the awarding of your degree to be sent to your department.
  • Copies of transcripts are not acceptable as final admission documents, unless they have also been verified and stamped by your issuing institution.

If you are required to provide proof of English proficiency your English test results need to be sent directly from the organization where your tests were taken to the department address below.

In addition to the above official documents, email the following to the Graduate Secretary listed below:

  • A Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Letter of Intent, including a statement of research interests. The letter should outline your academic background and other relevant information, as well as your proposed area of graduate research, identifying as much as possible, such as your research problem, theoretical interests, and proposed data sources or methodological approach. The letter should be 1-2 pages for M.A. applicants and 5-6 pages for Ph.D. applicants. The letter is an important means by which the Graduate Studies Committee can determine the extent to which the proposed research can be accommodated within Department programming and to ensure appropriate supervisory resources are available. The letter of intent is also a useful means by which faculty members can identify students whose work may be eligible to be supported through research grants and other external forms of funding;


Department of Sociology
9 Campus Drive
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A5

Graduate Chair
Hongming Cheng

Graduate Administrator