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Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology

The Department of Sociology at McMaster University offers a graduate experience that fosters close mentorship with faculty members who are leading scholars in our six areas of specialty. The program emphasizes the importance of good scholarship and trains students in current developments in the field of Sociology in Canada and internationally.

Ph.D.Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology

The Department of Sociology at McMaster University offers a graduate experience that fosters close mentorship with faculty members who are leading scholars in our six areas of specialty. The program emphasizes the importance of good scholarship and trains students in current developments in the field of Sociology in Canada and internationally.

The Graduate Program specializes in the following areas:

  • Social Inequality
  • Sociology of Gender, Sexuality and Family
  • Sociology of Work and Occupations
  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology of Race, Ethnicity and Immigration
  • Political Sociology and Social Movements

The requirements of the Ph.D. programme consist of:

  • seven graduate courses beyond the M.A. These courses must:

(a) meet the methodology requirement (this includes the fulfilment of two methods requirements [quantitative and qualitative or historical]) (see C, below)

(b) meet the theory requirement (see D, below)

(c) include two quarter courses on professional development

(d) include at least two regularly scheduled 700-level courses offered by the Department in addition to those taken to meet the methodology and theory requirements

(e) optionally include no more than one Sociology supervised research course (730 or 731) (f) optionally include no more than one graduate course offered by another McMaster department or by a Sociology Department in another university

  • other than Sociology 6Z03, no 600-level courses are permitted
  • fulfilment of two methods requirements (quantitative and qualitative or historical)
  • the completion of comprehensive examinations in two special areas
  • in some cases a foreign language proficiency examination
  • an approved one-page dissertation abstract
  • an approved proposal for a Ph.D. dissertation; and,
  • the writing and oral defense of a Ph.D. dissertation consisting of original research.

 

Detailed regulations for the Ph.D. are contained in the department Handbook. Others are provided in the School of Graduate Studies Calendar. Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with these regulations, and are subject to all regulations which were in effect at the time they entered the programme.

 Detailed information on the admissions and application process and frequently asked questions

The Department of Sociology at McMaster University offers financial support of incoming graduate students to help them to excel at their studies and to complete their graduate programs in a timely manner. Funding for graduate study usually comprises a combination of monies from graduate scholarships, teaching assistantships, and research assistantships. Many current and incoming graduate students receive additional funding from external agencies (see below).

Applicants are advised to apply for federal scholarships (not applicable for international applicants).

Canada Graduate Scholarships - Master's Program 
All Master's applicants should apply for this federal scholarship if they meet the eligibility requirements. Deadline: December 1, 2017. Please choose McMaster as one of your five choices for University.

Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program Doctoral Scholarships, and SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships.
If you are currently in a Master's program, you are required to apply via your home university. Check with your current department for the internal deadline; typically it is in October.

Alternatively, students in health related research (social psychology) may want to apply to the Canadian Institute of Health Research Doctoral Research Awards.

SOCIOL 6Z03 / Introduction to Social Statistics

SOCIOL 700 / Selected Topics in Sociology I

SOCIOL 701 / Selected Topics in Sociology II

SOCIOL 702 / Selected Topics in Sociological Approaches to Social Psychology

SOCIOL 704 / Deviance and Social Problems

SOCIOL 705 / Sociology of Organizations

SOCIOL 710 / Introduction to Research Design in Sociology

SOCIOL 711 / Sociological Perspectives in Social Psychology

SOCIOL 713 / Social Inequality

SOCIOL 714 / Political Sociology

SOCIOL 716 / Sociology of Education

SOCIOL 718 / Sociology of Work and Occupations

SOCIOL 719 / Sociology of Health and Health Care

SOCIOL 720 / Sociology of Aging

SOCIOL 724 / Doctoral Research and Professional Development Part 1

SOCIOL 725 / Doctoral Research and Professional Development Part 2

SOCIOL 730 / Supervised Research Course

SOCIOL 731 / Supervised Research Course in Sociological Approaches to Social Psychology

SOCIOL 740 / Statistical Methods for Social Research

SOCIOL 742 / Qualitative Methods

SOCIOL 743 / Historical Methods

SOCIOL 750 / Classical Sociological Theory

SOCIOL 751 / Contemporary Sociological Theory

SOCIOL 755 / Individual and Society

SOCIOL 758 / Sociology of Race and Ethnicity

SOCIOL 759 / Sociology of Gender

SOCIOL 761 / Topics in Statistical Methods for Social Research

SOCIOL 770 / Advanced Analysis of Survey Data

Sociology Graduate Handbook School of Graduate Studies PhD Comprehensive Exam Application FAQ's Apply Now
For more information:
General Graduate Studies and Admission Inquiries
KTH 627
905-525-9140 ext. 23613
socgrad@mcmaster.ca
Length:
4 years (max. 6 years)
Required Credential:
Master of Arts in Sociology or a related field; minimum A- average
Program Type:
Doctoral
Program Options:
Full-time
Typical Entry:
September
Current Deadline:
January 15