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Admission Requirements (PhD)

In deciding on admission to the Ph.D. program the Department of Sociology considers an applicant's previous academic accomplishments and potential to pursue and complete original sociological research.  Students entering the Ph.D. program are required to have completed an M.A. degree in Sociology or a cognate field (a closely related field with signficiant sociological content).  In addition, a minimum grade point average of 3.30 is normally required. Students who have received or are receiving an M.A. from the University of Calgary must apply for admission to the Ph.D. program. Students holding M.A.s in cognate disciplines who wish to apply to the Ph.D. program should as a first step consult with the Director of Graduate Studies. If admitted, students may be required to complete foundational courses extra to the requirements of the doctoral program, usually in the first year of full-time registration. In exceptional cases, the Department may consider admitting a student to the Ph.D program who holds only a Bachelor's degree.  Students without an M.A. degree who wish to apply to the Ph.D. program must first consult with the Director of Graduate Studies.

Applicants are also requested to provide: (1) a general written statement of intent; (2) a sample of written work, such as a term paper or research report, preferably in Sociology.

In addition to Faculty criteria, the Department of Sociology selects students on the basis of background in Sociology, academic performance, letters of recommendation (minimum of two), fit between student and faculty research interests, proficiency in the English language, and personal interviews when practical.

Statement of Intent
Please provide a written statement that indicates your proposed area of study for the Ph.D. degree in Sociology.  What research questions motivate you? What theoretical tradition(s) will likely inform or structure your research?  Are there specific methodological skills you hope to develop and apply while in the program?  Please also identify one or more faculty supervisors with whom you would like to work.  Your statement of intent should be between 500 and 1000 words in length.  Applicants who do not have a B.A. or M.A. degree in Sociology should include with their statement an additional statement of 500 words or fewer describing their level of preparedness for graduate study in Sociology, e.g. completed courses with substantial sociological content, sociological research and sociologists that have informed your own work, related research experiences, etc.