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Best universities for social sciences degrees in Canada 2022

Explore the best universities for social science degrees in Canada, using data from the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021

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October 28 2021
Best universities in Canada for social science degrees

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The social sciences include anthropology, geography, politics, media and communications studies and sociology.

Social science students learn how to analyse complex problems, explore the best solutions and communicate their discoveries effectively. These transferrable skills can be applied to a variety of careers.

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Below are the top universities for social sciences in Canada, according to data from the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022.


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1. University of Toronto

There are more than 40 programmes of study available across the social sciences at the University of Toronto, including criminology, human geography, political sciences, sociology and education and society. 

Students can study the social sciences at both undergraduate and graduate level. There are a number of combined programmes and dual degree options available for students wishing to combine social sciences with another discipline.

The University of Toronto offers the opportunity to participate in its International or Indigenous Course Module Programme, enabling students to combine their academic study with an international experience in Europe, Central America or the US.


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2. University of British Columbia

Founded in 1947, the University of British Columbia’s department of anthropology offers the second oldest anthropology programme in Canada. It offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programmes for students wishing to study human diversity and commonality. Anthropology students have access to a range of resources such as the Museum of Anthropology and the Laboratory of Archaeology.

Graduate programmes in the social sciences include social and economic geography, sociology and political science and policy administration.

The department of sociology has become a leading national centre for sociological research and training. It carries out research in the areas of gender and sexuality, ethnicity, family and life course, knowledge, health and healthcare, and environments.

3. McGill University

McGill University’s Faculty of Arts contains a number of social science departments, including economics, political science and sociology.

Undergraduate students can study either a bachelor of arts or a bachelor of arts and science, in which a range of social science courses can be combined to build a broad foundation. Graduate students have 17 units to choose from as part of their degree programme.

The faculty is also home to four institutes: the Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies, the Institute of Islamic Studies, the Institute for the Study of International Development and the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada.

4. University of Montreal

The Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Montreal is divided into 25 departments, schools and institutes, offering a range of undergraduate and graduate programmes across the social sciences.

Graduate programmes are available in the social sciences and social action, with courses in criminology, social statistics and anthropology. Courses are mostly delivered in French. 

5. Simon Fraser University

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is Simon Fraser University’s largest faculty, accommodating 30 per cent of the student body.

The faculty is divided into 23 departments, schools and programmes, offering 1,200 undergraduate courses. These departments include gender, sexuality and women’s studies, history, linguistics, political science and psychology.

Research is carried out at the faculty’s numerous research centres and institutes including the Centre for Global Political Economy, the Centre for Public Policy Research, and the First Nations Language Centre.

Students are given the opportunity to participate in an academic exchange programme at one of the university’s partner institutions for up to two terms.


Top universities in Canada for social sciences degrees 2022

Click each institution to view its full World University Rankings 2022 results. 

Canada Social Sciences Rank 2022 WUR Social Sciences Rank 2022 University City 
1 =26 University of Toronto Toronto
2 35 University of British Columbia Vancouver
3 52 McGill University Montreal
4 101–125 University of Montreal Montreal
5 126–150 Simon Fraser University Burnaby
6 151–175 University of Waterloo Waterloo
=7 251–300 University of Alberta Calgary
=7 251–300 McMaster University Hamilton
=7 251–300 University of Victoria Victoria
=7 251–300 Western University London
=7 251–300 York University Toronto
=12 301–350 University of Ottawa Ottawa
=12 301–350 Queen’s University Kingston
=14 351–400 Carleton University Ottawa
=14 351–400 Concordia University Montreal
=14 351–400 University of Guelph Guelph
=14 351–400 University of Saskatchewan Saskatoon
=18 401–500 Dalhousie University Halifax
=18 401–500 Université Laval Quebec City
=18 401–500 Ontario Tech University Oshawa
=18 401–500 Ryerson University Toronto
=22 501–600 University of Calgary Calgary
=22 501–600 University of Lethbridge Lethbridge
=22 501–600 University of Manitoba Winnipeg
=22 501–600 Memorial University of Newfoundland St John's
=22 501–600 University of New Brunswick UNB Fredricton
=22 501–600 Université du Québec Quebec City
=28 601–800 Lakehead University Thunder Bay, Orillia
=28 601–800 University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) Prince George 
=28 601–800 University of Regina Regina 
28 601–800 University of Windsor Windsor

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