Graduate Programs in the Faculty of Social Science
The Department of Anthropology at the Western University offers graduate degrees at the Masters and Doctoral levels. At the Masters level we have three streams: Sociocultural Anthropology, Archaeology and Bioarchaeology, and Applied Archaeology. At the Doctoral level we have two streams: Sociocultural Anthropology, and Archaeology and Bioarchaeology.
Western's Graduate Program in Economics offers a firm grounding in both the theory and applied tools of Economics. We offer three different degrees including a new professional masters program: Ph.D.-stream Master in Economics Program; Master of Financial Economics Program – a professional finance degree; and a Ph.D. Program in Economics.
The graduate degree programs in the Department of Geography are strongly research oriented, and the completion of a thesis is the main focus at both the Masters and PhD levels. The Department offers several different programs leading to MA, MSc, and PhD degrees. Specific areas of strength include: Environment, Development, and Health; Geographic Information Science; Physical Geography; and Urban Studies.
The Department of History at Western has been supervising graduate degrees for more than a century. We have deep strengths in Canadian history, the history of international relations and conflict, environmental history, and public history. And we are a recognized leader in the new digital history and digital humanities. Offerings include, M.A. in History; M.A. in Public History; Ph.D. in History; and Combined J.D./M.A.
The Collaborative Graduate Program in Migration and Ethnic Relations at Western University brings together graduate students and faculty to study questions of migration, ethnic relations, cultural diversity, conflict, acculturation and the integration of migrants, from the perspective of various social science and humanities disciplines.
Western's graduate program in the interdisciplinary field of Neuroscience enables students to obtain an M.Sc. or Ph.D. The Master of Science program provides a research intensive learning experience in either Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience (MCN) or Behavioural and Cognitive Neuroscience (BCN). The PhD program provides exposure to all aspects of neuroscience research from cellular molecular to cognitive neuroscience.
We are a dynamic, research-intensive Department with expertise in both newly emerging areas of study and the traditional fields of comparative politics, international relations, Canadian politics, political theory and local government. Our Department is known for the outstanding quality of its research and expertise. Among our faculty members are scholars of national and international reputation.
Offered through the Department of Political Science, Western's Master of Public Administration program is designed for people aspiring to senior management positions in Canadian municipalities and their associated boards and commissions. Its focus on graduate-level education for local government management is unique in English-speaking Canada.
The Department of Sociology's research and graduate training focuses on Population Dynamics and Social Inequality. Our productive and internationally recognized faculty focus on the following areas of concentration: Aging and the Life Course; Health and Health Inequality; Inequality, Power, and Social Regulation; Social Demography and Migration; and Work, Occupations, and Professions.
After mass violence, fractured societies must rebuild. Doing “justice” in a time of transition is difficult and controversial. Post-conflict reconstruction uses a variety of theoretical approaches and practical tools in coming to terms with a society’s troubled past. Students who wish to enroll in the Collaborative Graduate Program must first apply to a participating graduate program.
The Department of Women’s Studies and Feminist Research has an interdisciplinary graduate program for MA and PhD students. We offer a wide range of graduate courses from WSFR and other departments that focus on feminist issues. The department has five recognized areas of research: feminist theory; health & embodiment; representation & cultural production; globalization, equity & social structures; and sexuality.