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Welcome to Graduate Studies at the Department of Sociology

The Department of Sociology offers graduate programs leading to both M.A. and Ph.D. Degrees. There are twenty active full-time faculty, and several active professors emeriti. The Department has over four hundred majors at the undergraduate level and provides classes for nearly 3,500 undergraduates each term. There are currently twenty-five Ph.D. students, and twenty-three M.A. students in the program.
Our graduate programs are heavily research-oriented and emphasize exceptional training in the foundations of sociology - classical and contemporary theory, statistical analyses and methodology (including, for example, quantitative and qualitative methods at the M.A. level, and discourse analysis and institutional ethnography at the Ph.D. level). Faculty in the department pursue research in a wide range of substantive areas, with overlapping expertise in areas such as criminology; social policy; sociology of health and illness; sociology of knowledge; sociology of sport; family and gender studies; globalization, immigration, race and ethnicity, and transnational communities; urban sociology, sociology of work, sociology of culture; network analysis; and social theory. Our program enables graduates to compete successfully for jobs in the academy and beyond in both the private sector and public sector. The University of Calgary and the Department of Sociology are committed to providing high-quality graduate education for future generations of researchers, educators and creators.

Why pursue graduate studies in Sociology at the University of Calgary?

  • Over the past ten years, more than two million dollars in outside funds accrued to research projects in the Department, much of which is used to fund graduate students. Faculty members regularly receive research funding from highly competitie sources, including the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
  • Our graduates are very successful in obtaining positions both inside and outside of academia. During the last decade, the Department has graduated more than eighty M.A. students and twenty Ph.D students. Graduates have found employment in universities and colleges in Canada and beyond, serve as consultants or work directly for government agencies, departments, or the United Nations, or are analysts or administrators in the private sector.
  • Our scholarship success rate for graduate students is high. Sociology graduate students have won Sir Isaac Walton Killam scholarships and post-doctoral fellowships, Canadian Institute of Health Research, Canada Graduate Scholarships, Queen Elizabeth II scholarships, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council doctoral fellowships and Louise McKinney scholarships. The Department also awards the Donald L.Mills Graduate Scholarship on an annual basis and a Graduate Teaching Award is given for teaching excellence by a graduate student.
  • We offer competitive funding opportunities for eligible applicants.
  • We offer a collegial environment that stresses the integration of graduate students into department affairs and faculty research programs.