Why Choose This Program

MA in Critical Sociology

Why Choose This Program

The MACS program is notable for its vibrant faculty from a range of backgrounds who have strong research records. After only five years, we have an excellent record of student success in being admitted to prestigious doctoral programs and hired in professional workplaces. As a small program that admits fewer than ten students a year, our program is able to provide students with teaching and supervising complements that are responsive to individual intellectual needs. Supervisors are especially well-positioned to give their students intensive one-on-one attention.
Although we are a young program, we have already gained an international reputation as a cutting-edge training ground for ambitious students who aspire to pursue doctoral studies at other universities, research work outside a university setting or other professional work that benefits from radical thinking and critical problem solving skills.


  • Our graduate seminar (SOCI 5N00) provides two terms of professional development in a small group setting. In this seminar students develop skills and competencies essential to their future careers, whether as academics or in other professional work.
  • Students have the opportunity to attend the Mapping New Knowledges graduate conference hosted at Brock University every spring. Their graduate seminar work will develop the professional skills needed to present their research at this conference.
  • Students are also able to organize and present their research in the Niagara Social Justice Forum, hosted by the MA Program in Social Justice and Equity Studies each winter.
  • Vitae: Essential Skills for Graduate Students is another opportunity for students to develop their skills through training services such as workshops and activities. Students develop essential career competencies alongside their academic knowledge and skills.

Research at Brock

The MACS program has a spacious new graduate student office that is equipped with computers, Internet access, a networked printer and scanner, ample work space and a fridge and microwave.
Click here to see Completed Graduate Theses and Major Research Papers.