Thank you for your interest in Social Justice Studies at Lakehead University.  This flexible, multi-streamed program delivered by accomplished faculty provides students with opportunities to deepen their understanding of Social Justice as an academic field of study as well as a discipline engaged in efforts to reduce social inequalities and pursue decolonization.  

How to apply 

Applications for the MA in Social Justice Studies are completed on the Faculty of Graduate Studies page. Applicants must respond to prompts about their preparation for the program, their interest in the program, and their goals post-graduation.  Applicants must provide unofficial transcripts, English language test scores when appropriate, and request 2 letters of references.  

For more information about the application process and the program as a whole, please consult the Program Handbook

Graduate applications for Winter 2023 are currently being accepted until September 30th.  Applicants may submit material for Fall 2023 starting in early December.  

Please contact Program Advisor, Kevin Brooks, in order to discuss the program before applying. 

A Quick Look at the Program

Social Justice Studies is an interdisciplinary program that grounds students in the theory, research methods, and practices related to reducing social inequalities and expanding public participation in civil society and / or decolonizing efforts. 

Students earn 4.0 Full Course Equivalents (FCEs) in order to graduate. 

The Program has two required classes:

  • SocJ 5030 Theories of Social Justice  (.5 FCE)
  • SocJ 5090 Methods and Methodologies of Social Justice (.5 FCE)

The program has four streams to chose from:

  • Course Work  
  • Research Project
  • Creative Project
  • Practicum

Students have up to two years to complete the Program. Full time and flex time options are available, but the Program does not have a part-time option.  

Graduates continue on to doctoral programs or law school, they work in the public and non-profit sectors, they stay in current positions but with significant professional development, they deepen their engagement with communities and issues that matter to them.