Sociology

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 social control and delinquency; transformation of the tattoo subculture; corporate relocation; family caregivers; political alienation and behavior in Western Canada; and chronic illness and social support. 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 methodological issues, 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, quantitative and qualitative research methods, ethnic relations, theory and more.

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

Outcomes

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

Supervisor

A supervisor is required, but is not required prior to the start of the program

Fees and funding

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


Supervisors

Learn about faculty available to supervise this degree.
Please note: additional supervisors may be available. Contact the program for more information.


  1. 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

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  3. Dean Curran

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

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  5. Erin Gibbs Van Brunschot

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  6. Naomi Lightman

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    Amal Madibbo

    Accepting Inquiries
    Immigration and Race and ethnicity
  8. Fiona Nelson

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

Admission requirements


GPA

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.

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.

Documents

  • A written statement of intent

Reference letters

Two

Test scores

None


English language proficiency

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

  • TOEFL score of 86 with no section less than 20 (Internet-based). Our institution code is 0813
  • IELTS score of 6.5 with no section less than 6.0 (Academic version)
  • MELAB score of 80, or higher
  • PTE score of 59, or higher (Academic version)
  • Tier 3 of the International Foundations Program with minimum grades of B,C,C (Writing & Grammar, Reading Comprehension, Listening Comprehension & Oral Fluency)

Deadlines

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, ABT2N 1N4
403.220.6501

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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