• Degrees Offered: MA, PhD
  • Application Deadline: Open; Dec. 15 (for funding consideration)
  • Study Options: Thesis (MA), Dissertation (PhD)
  • Duration: 2 years (MA) or 4 years (PhD)
  • Entry Terms: Fall

The UNB Sociology Graduate Program offers full-time or part-time research-intensive degrees that develop graduates with the skills and knowledge necessary for advanced positions with private, public, and charitable employers. 

Both the Master of Arts (MA) and the Doctoral (PhD) programs place emphasis on developing strong social research techniques (both qualitative and quantitative methods), command of research design (methodology), and theoretical positioning (social theory).

The emphasis in the MA program is on developing students’ capacities to undertake social research that necessarily involve project design, critical thinking, fieldwork, professional writing, and high-level analysis. All of which are highly transferrable skills for the job market.

The emphasis in the PhD program is on students building upon their existing graduate qualifications so as to undertake advanced graduate research. PhD students are supported and guided in their studies in order to fully develop the skills, techniques, and knowledge necessary to graduate as an expert in their research area. Recent graduates from the program have moved on to positions in the provincial and federal government, private industry, charity groups, and into tenure-track academic positions.

The UNB Sociology Department usually has between 20-30 enrolled graduate students; this means UNB can offer all Sociology students a collegiate student environment, but also access to time with faculty members in order to discuss research. A warm and welcoming department with a high research output, UNB Sociology is an excellent choice for you and your future research.

Research areas and faculty

Associations with research centres

Application requirements

  1. Masters applicants: Should hold an undergraduate major or honours degree in Sociology and a minimum GPA of 3.5 (B+). (It is possible for students with GPAs that just fall short of the minimum, or students with an undergraduate degree from a related social science discipline, to still be considered for entry to the program after completing a year of additional coursework. Please contact for more information.)
  2. PhD applicants: Require an MA in Sociology but may still be considered if from a related social science discipline. (Please contact for more information.) 
  3. For all applicants: The application package must include: 
    • An up-to-date official academic transcript. For those applying for the December 15 deadline, an updated transcript with Fall grades must be submitted as soon as it becomes available at the completion of the semester. 
    • Three (3) letters of reference. At least two (2) of which, if not all, must be from academic referees.
    • A statement of interest (approximately 500-600 words long). This should outline your intended research area and why you have selected UNB. 
    • A writing sample. For MA applicants, usually a high-scoring undergraduate paper; for PhD applicants, usually a chapter from their MA thesis. 
    • A curriculum vitae.  
    • A completed online application
  4.  Applicants should contact relevant faculty members in the Sociology Department to ascertain their availability and   their potential interest in becoming a supervisor. 
  5.  Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to submit evidence of English language proficiency scores at or above IELTS band 7.5, TOEFL 102, or an accepted equivalent.


Funding for graduate students at UNB is primarily allocated through a competitive process and so is not guaranteed for every applicant. Students receiving funding from UNB can expect to receive around $15,500 per year for MA students and $19,500 per year for PhD students. This consists of a grant and a teaching assistantship. At both the MA and PhD level, Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents of Canada are eligible (and are required by the department) to apply for Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) funding. 

Contact us

For more information on our program, contact Sylvia Whitaker, Graduate Program Assistant, at 

Office: Tilley Hall, Rm. 20

Phone: 1-506-453-4849

Related: Sociology Department

Sociology Information Sheet