University of Guelph - Office of Graduate Studies

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Sociology (PhD)

University of Guelph - Office of Graduate Studies

Field of Study:Sociology
Length:4 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $2,331

This estimate represents the tuition per semester.



This program aims to prepare students for a career in research and teaching. The program is designed so that students will deepen and broaden their knowledge in sociological theory and methodology as well as in one of the four substantive fields offered. Students will also become highly independent sociological thinkers and skilled researchers capable of pushing the boundaries of knowledge in their chosen field.

Students are required to complete at least four courses during the first two semesters of study, including the PhD Professional Seminar, Advanced Topics in Sociological Theory and Advanced Issues in Mixed Research Methodologies. Students must also successfully complete a qualifying exam and a research proposal, and produce and orally defend a dissertation on a topic that has been approved by the advisory committee. Students will be given the opportunity to actively engage in the discipline through activities such a teaching and research assistantships, and the preparation and presentation of papers at conferences.


Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*80
These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    Applicants are expected to have a recognized MA degree in Sociology with high academic standing (80% or higher). They are expected to have successfully completed Master-level courses in sociological theory, and qualitative/quantitative methodology courses in Sociology. Applicants must submit a statement of intent and two academic letters of reference. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact a faculty member to serve as a potential advisor prior to applying to the program.

    * The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on November 15, 2022