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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.
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.
Students are required to prepare a thesis and successfully defend in an open oral defense.
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.
A minimum of 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.
Demonstrated competence in sociological theory, social methodology, and social statistics, in addition to a substantive interest.
A sample of written work.
An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:
For admission on September 1:
Canadians and permanent residents:
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