Best universities for social sciences degrees in Canada 2023

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Top 10 universities in Canada for social sciences 2023

Canada Social Sciences Rank 2023 WUR Social Sciences Rank 2023 University City
1 =26 University of Toronto Toronto
2 32 University of British Columbia Vancouver
3 =42 McGill University Montreal
=4 126–150 University of Montreal Montreal
=4 126–150 Simon Fraser University Burnaby
=4 126–150 University of Waterloo Waterloo
7 151–175 University of Alberta Edmonton
8 201–250 McMaster University Hamilton
=9 251–300 Western University London
=9 251–300 York University Toronto

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.

Below are the top universities for social sciences in Canada, according to data from the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023.


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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.


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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.

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.


Top universities in Canada for social sciences degrees 2023

Click each institution to view its full World University Rankings 2023 results. 

Canada Social Sciences Rank 2023 WUR Social Sciences Rank 2023 University City
1 =26 University of Toronto Toronto
2 32 University of British Columbia Vancouver
3 =42 McGill University Montreal
=4 126–150 University of Montreal Montreal
=4 126–150 Simon Fraser University Burnaby
=4 126–150 University of Waterloo Waterloo
7 151–175 University of Alberta Edmonton
8 201–250 McMaster University Hamilton
=9 251–300 Western University London
=9 251–300 York University Toronto
=11 301–400 Ontario Tech University Ontario
=11 301–400 University of Ottawa Ottawa
=11 301–400 Queen’s University Kingston
=11 301–400 University of Saskatchewan Saskatoon
=11 301–400 University of Victoria Victoria
=16 401–500 Carleton University Ottawa
=16 401–500 Concordia University Montreal
=16 401–500 Dalhousie University Halifax
=16 401–500 University of Guelph Guelph
=16 401–500 Université Laval Quebec City
=16 401–500 Toronto Metropolitan University Toronto
=22 501–600 University of Calgary Calgary
=22 501–600 University of Manitoba Winnipeg
=22 501–600 Memorial University of Newfoundland Newfoundland and Labrador
=22 501–600 Université du Québec Quebec City
=22 501–600 University of Regina Regina
=27 601–800 Lakehead University Ontario
=27 601–800 University of Lethbridge Lethbridge
=27 601–800 University of New Brunswick UNB Fredericton
=27 601–800 University of Windsor Windsor
31 801+ University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) Prince George
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