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Graduate Contact Information

For general inquiries with respect to the Graduate Program, please contact Ines Kubicek, Graduate Program Administrator. For specific admission inquiries, please contact Dr. Fiona Nelson, Graduate Program Director.

Ines Kubicek
Telephone: (403) 220-6501
Fax: (403) 282-9298

Graduate Program Director:
Dr. Fiona Nelson
Telephone: (403) 220-5267
Fax: (403) 282-9298

Our mailing address is:

Department of Sociology
University of Calgary
2500 University Drive N.W.
Calgary , Alberta
T2N 1N4

We are located in the Social Sciences Building on the east side of the University of Calgary campus.

How do I apply for Graduate Studies in Sociology at the University of Calgary?

Deadline:  December 15, 2017


Please apply on-line here.

For information on English Language Proficiency click here:

With whom may I speak about applying to the Department of Sociology graduate program?

Ms. Ines Kubicek, the Graduate Program Administrator, will be able to provide you general information about the graduate program. Specific information about the program itself may be directed to the Graduate Program Director, Dr. Fiona Nelson. Further information about research interests may be directed to specific faculty.

International Students

Thank you for your interest in the graduate program in the Department of Sociology at the University of Calgary.
The next possible admission date is September 2016 with a deadline for application of December 15, 2016.

We are eager to welcome international students to our Graduate Program.  But we do want to be sure that those whom we admit have adequate background preparation in sociology.  For students interested in our MA program, this normally means an undergraduate degree with a major in Sociology.  For prospective PhD students, we normally require an MA degree in Sociology.  In both cases, students should have excellent course work grades in three core areas - sociological statistics, sociological research methodology, and classical and contemporary sociological theory - as well as in several other substantive courses in sociology.  Students with no previous background in sociology will not be considered for our graduate program. 

For information regarding English Language Proficiency Requirements, please look at the information in this link:

In order to help international students make appropriate application decisions, we recommend that you first contact Ines Kubicek, Graduate Program Administrator, at   She will be able to advise on the next steps.  In some cases, she will request that you send a copy of your transcripts, and your TOEFL or other English Language Proficiency record.  The address is:  Department of Sociology, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 1N4. These records can also be faxed to: 403/282-9298.  We will then be in a better position to ascertain your suitability for our program.  In some cases, however, you will first need to have your records evaluated by a service such as: Alberta Employment and Immigration's International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS).

Please note that complete evaluations of international documents are done only when you make a full application for admission to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Thank you again for your interest in our program.

Scholarships for International Students

Drs. George and Susannah Kurian Doctoral Scholarship in Sociology

Dr. George Kurian, professor emeritus in the Department of Sociology, is founding editor of the Journal of Comparative Family Studies, and a noted scholar in family sociology. Dr. Susannah Kurian is a Calgary physician. This award is made possible through their generosity and commitment to the doctoral program in sociology at the University of Calgary.  For additional information regarding this award, please see the Faculty of Graduate Studies Scholarship Database at:

International Fee Remission Scholarship

Although the Alberta Government requires that international students pay a 100% fee differential, the Department of Sociology is prepared to offer a Fee Differential Scholarship for each international student admitted to our program.

Other Funding

Please click to view the Department of Sociology Funding Policy.