• Degrees Offered: MA, PhD
  • Application Deadline: Open; Jan. 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 25-40 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 require an undergraduate Major or Honours degree in Sociology (or equivalent) and a minimum GPA of 3.5 (a B+). Students with an undergraduate degree outside of Sociology may be considered following completion of additional courses equivalent to a Sociology Major or Honours degree. (Please contact the Sociology Graduate Studies Director for more information.)
  2. PhD applicants require a MA in Sociology (usually with an MA thesis) or equivalent. Students without a MA in Sociology may be considered for entry or may be asked to undertake a qualifying year to complete additional courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.7 (an A-).
  3. Applicants should contact relevant faculty members in the Sociology Department to ascertain their availability and their potential interest in becoming a supervisor.
  4. Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to submit language scores of IELTS band 7.5 or equivalent
  5. Applications must include:
    • A statement of interest (600 words) about intended research and why UNB was selected
    • Writing sample (usually a long undergraduate paper or a chapter from their MA)
    • An official academic transcript
    • Three letters of reference
    • A CV
    • A completed application


Funding for graduate students in Sociology is allocated based on a competitive process and not guaranteed for every applicant. Students receiving funding from UNB can expect to receive around $15,000 per year for MA students and $19,000 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 to apply for SSHRC funding.

Contact us

For more information on our program, contact Dr. Nick Hardy Director of Graduate Studies, or Sylvia Whittaker, Graduate Program Assistant.

Office: Tilley Hall, Rm. 20

Phone: 1-506-453-4849

Related: Sociology Department

Sociology Information Sheet