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City Building and Social Justice

“Ryerson Disability Studies is committed to lived experiences, social justice work and to make sure that the scholarship that we’re doing is actually meaningful in people’s lives.”

Dr. Loree Erickson, Ethel Louise Armstrong Postdoctoral Fellow

Your undergraduate degree sparked a passion for social justice and innovation. Now you want to take it to the next level in a graduate program that helps you make an impact. At Ryerson, our applied research and experiential learning opportunities support students devoted to improving our cities and communities. You’ve always thought your academic work could make a real difference – we do too.

Study city building and social justice at Ryerson

  • Architecture (MArch): With a focus on sustainable design and emerging technologies, this accredited program offers you the chance to examine contemporary architectural practice.
  • Building Science (MASc, MBSc, PhD): This unique interdisciplinary graduate program offers multiple degree paths, all of which explore the technical principles necessary to create sustainable buildings.
  • Criminology and Social Justice (MA): Led by faculty from diverse disciplines such as law, sociology, women’s studies and history, this program explores various forms of inequality as they intersect with the criminal justice system.
  • Immigration and Settlement Studies (MA): The first of its kind in Canada, this graduate program explores the issues, trends and policies that are reshaping populations and cities.
  • Policy Studies (PhD): From immigration, settlement and diaspora policies to social policy, this program enables you to address the complex challenges facing communities, cities and countries around the world.
  • Public Policy and Administration (MA): This innovative program offers you numerous opportunities to engage with public, non-profit and private sector organizations to enrich your learning experience.
  • Social Work (MSW): Learn to interpret and critically reflect on power relations in social work in order to promote social justice and transform practice.
  • Spatial Analysis (MSA): Through project-based lectures and labs, a work placement, and a major research paper or thesis, this program will help you master geographic information systems (GIS).
  • Urban Development (MPl): Embrace a holistic approach to urban development by examining the socio-economic, ecological, political and built elements of urban environments.

Quick Facts

18% increase in overall SSHRC funding (2017-18)

#1 in not-for-profit research income growth among comprehensive universities (2013-17)

$5M in federal and provincial scholarships