Michael Adorjan


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Thesis-based program

Program overview

UCalgary's sociology program prepares globally competitive graduates with the support of one of Canada's top rated research-oriented departments. Our graduate programs ground learning in core knowledge of classical and contemporary social theories, qualitative and quantitative research methods, and supplement this fundamental study with specialized courses of interest. Recent research topics include international health governance, immigration and employment, patterns of offending, gender tranformative youth programming, restorative justice and racialized youth, issues in healthcare and professional work, urban cycling, anime fandom, social inclusion of Black African youth, discourses of sexual assault. Students benefit from a professor/student ratio that guarantees access to support and feedback.

Completing this program

  • Core Courses: Students take courses in social statistics and advanced methods, in addition to seminars in sociological theory.

  • Candidacy: Students will complete both oral and written candidacy exams.

  • Additional Courses: Topics may include health and illness, ethnicity and racialization, gender, urban sociology, indigenous issues, deviance and social control, and more.

  • Thesis: Students will be required to submit and defend an original research thesis.


Academic jobs such as professor, instructor and post-doctoral scholar; alternative academic jobs such as researcher, educational consultant, and data analyst; health sector, government, non-profit, researcher, analyst, program evaluation, clinician.

A PhD in Sociology is usually considered a final degree.

Thesis-based program

Students are required to prepare a thesis and successfully defend in an open oral defense.

Classroom delivery

Time commitment

Four years full-time; six years maximum


A supervisor is required, but it is not necessary to find a supervisor before applying.  PhD supervisors are normally appointed at the end of the second semester.

Fees and funding

See the Graduate Calendar for information on fees and fee regulations, and for information on awards and financial assistance.

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Please note: additional supervisors may be available. Contact the program for more information.

  1. Michael Adorjan

    Michael Adorjan

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    youth and cyber risk, fear of crime, perceptions of police, social construction of youth crime, social construction of social problems
  2. Pallavi Banerjee

    Pallavi Banerjee

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    Alex Bierman

    Sociology of mental health; aging; quantitative research methods; social psychology; sociology of religion
  4. Dean Curran

    Dean Curran

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    Risk; Theory; Inequality; Environment; Finance; Digital
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    Ariel Ducey

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    Emotions and affect; health care work and caring labor; science, technology and innovation in medicine; political economy of health care
  6. Erin Gibbs Van Brunschot

    Erin Gibbs Van Brunschot

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  7. Mezquita-Catedral de Córdoba

    Abdie Kazemipur

    Accepting Inquiries
    immigration, ethnic relations, religion, secularization, social capital, Muslim minorities in the West
  8. Scott McLean

    Scott McLean

    Accepting Inquiries
    Historical sociology; sociology of education; popular culture
  9. Fiona Nelson

    Fiona Nelson

    Accepting Inquiries
    Gender and Sexuality, Childhood and Youth, Mothering and Motherhood, Media/Pop Culture
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    Matt Patterson

    Accepting Inquiries
    Urban Sociology, Sociology of Culture, Sociological Theory

Admission requirements


A grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale over a master’s program.

Minimum education

Demonstrated competence in sociological theory, social methodology, and social statistics, in addition to a substantive interest.

Work samples

A sample of written work.


A written statement of intent

Reference letters


Test scores


English language proficiency (ELP)

An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:

*Please contact your program of interest if you have any questions about ELP requirements.


For admission on September 1:

Canadians and permanent residents:

  • Dec. 15 application deadline

International students:

  • Dec. 15 application deadline

If you're not a Canadian or permanent resident, or if you have international credentials, make sure to learn about international requirements

Learn more about this program

Department of Sociology

Social Sciences Building, Room 956A
618 Campus Place NW
Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4

Contact the Graduate Program Administrator

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Faculty of Arts

University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4

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