McGill University - Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

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Sociology: Development Studies (M.A. Non-Thesis)

McGill University - Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Faculty:Faculty of Arts
Field of Study:Human Development and Family Studies, General
Areas of Research:Development Studies, Environment, Gender and Women's Studies, Medical Sociology, Neotropical Environment, Social Statistics
Course Based:Yes
Length:2 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
Provincial: $4,991
National: $10,924

Cost per year represents typical annual fees based on 30 credits taken during Fall and Winter terms.

Careers:SociologistsSocial Policy Researchers


This program is for students with a particular interest in development—an area in which McGill is very strong. Many students from this program have gone on to further research, but several have entered the world of non-governmental organizations—with some going on to work for the U.N. Students enter through one of the participating departments and must meet the M.A. requirements of that unit. Students will take an interdisciplinary seminar and a variety of graduate-level courses on international development issues. The research paper must be on a topic related to development studies, approved by the Development Studies Option Coordinating Committee. This program is designed to be completed within twelve months.


Test Scores:
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 86]
Application Notes : All applicants are asked to submit a writing sample. Applicants who have not attended a Canadian university must submit with their applications the results of the Verbal, Analytical, and Quantitative aptitude tests of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Arrangements to take the GRE should be made directly with the Educational Testing Service by visiting their website at

Certain students must submit documented proof of competency in oral and written English. The minimum acceptable score for the TOEFL exam is 86 overall on the Internet-based test (iBT; no less than 20 in each of the four component scores).
Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Letter(s) of Reference
  • Statement of Research Interests
  • Portfolio
Applicants must have a bachelor's degree with a standing equivalent to a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.3 or better out of a possible 4.0. The degree may be either in Sociology or in another relevant social science. In the latter case, applicants may be required to take some additional sociology courses to fill gaps in their background.

The strength of an applicant's academic record is of primary importance in consideration of an applicant's dossier. For a detailed description of courses open to graduates and undergraduates, and of preparation required of McGill University honours students, candidates should consult the Faculty of Arts Undergraduate section.

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Modified on September 19, 2022