PhD Program

The PhD is primarily a research degree although we also place considerable emphasis on teaching competence. The dissertation must be an original contribution to knowledge, reflected through scholarship and research ability, and have high literary standards.

The course work for the PhD students requires one year of graduate courses, typically six courses, both core and elective. Additional elements of the program include completion of two Comprehensive Exams, a Teaching Apprenticeship, and a Dissertation.

The program is structured to enable completion in thirty-two months. We expect applicants to the PhD Program to have demonstrated a high level of academic achievement and to have completed the course requirements for the MA in Sociology described above in addition to an MA thesis or its equivalent.

Additional details are available in the Department of Sociology Graduate Handbook and the Graduate Course Timetables.

Supervision & Research

Students accepted into the Graduate Program will be assigned a Supervisor at the time of admission, based on a match between the statedresearch program of the student and the faculty member's areas of interest and expertise.

Our aim is to provide each student with a Supervisor who is a Sociology faculty member  interested in their research topic area. Students are, of course, free to change Supervisors once they arrive if a more appropriate individual is available. Adjunct Faculty and Honorary Research Associates may serve as co-supervisors. The Supervisor will be aided by the other members of the student’s Supervisory Committee. Supervisory Committees typically consist of 2-3 individuals for an MA and 3 to 5 members for a PhD; the majority of whom must be members of the Sociology Graduate Academic Unit.