McGill University - Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

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McGill University - Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Faculty:Faculty of Arts
Field of Study:Sociology
Thesis Based:Yes
Length:6 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
Provincial: $4,991
National: $4,991

Cost per year represents typical annual fees based on credits taken during Fall and Winter terms.



There are two ways to enter the Ph.D. program. Some students are fast-tracked (i.e., from a B.A. degree without having to complete an M.A. in Sociology), as Ph.D. 1 students; they take twelve substantive courses, in addition to various thesis requirements, and are trained in qualitative and quantitative research methods and in research design. Other students, typically those with an M.A. in Sociology, are considered as Ph.D. 2 students; they typically take six substantive courses, in addition to various thesis requirements—although further courses may be required if their methodological skills do not meet the standards required by the Department. Our Social Statistics Laboratory allows students to make systematic use of quantitative data sources. All students must pass two area exams and present a thesis proposal before turning to the thesis itself, which may take the form of a single piece of research, or a set of articles on a particular theme.


Test Scores:
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 86]
  • Graduate Record Examination
Application Notes : All applicants are asked to submit a writing sample. Applicants who have not attended a Canadian university must submit with their applications the results of the Verbal, Analytical, and Quantitative aptitude tests of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Arrangements to take the GRE should be made directly with the Educational Testing Service by visiting their website at

Certain students must submit documented proof of competency in oral and written English. The minimum acceptable score for the TOEFL exam is 86 overall on the Internet-based test (iBT; no less than 20 in each of the four component scores).
Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Letter(s) of Reference
  • Statement of Research Interests
  • Portfolio
Applicants must have a bachelor's degree with a standing equivalent to a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.3 or better out of a possible 4.0. The degree may be either in Sociology or in another relevant social science. In the latter case, applicants may be required to take some additional sociology courses to fill gaps in their background.

The strength of an applicant's academic record is of primary importance in consideration of an applicant's dossier. For a detailed description of courses open to graduates and undergraduates, and of preparation required of McGill University honours students, candidates should consult the Faculty of Arts Undergraduate section.

* 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 September 19, 2022