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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Sociology University of Alberta




Course info


The PhD in Sociology strives to educate scholars with a breadth of knowledge of the discipline and specialized in-depth knowledge of particular fields within the discipline.

The Department of Sociology encourages all outstanding applicants to submit a completed application by December 15 in order to be considered for recruitment scholarships and other university awards.

The PhD requires registration in a combination of coursework and thesis research comprising a minimum of ★36, and completion of the mandatory ethics training requirement. PhD candidates are required to complete ★18 beyond the foundational courses of the course-based MA at the University of Alberta, or equivalent. At least ★15 of the required coursework (normally taken in the first year) consists of graded 500- and 600-level courses: ★12 sociology courses and a ★3 course or equivalent taken outside the Department. The ‘outside’ course may be approved at the 500- or 600-level. At least ★3 of ungraded sociology seminars at the 600-level are normally required (★1.5 each) in the second year. Students must also complete a Seminar in Teaching and Professional Skills. Specific courses taken to meet the requirements are chosen in consultation with the Associate Chair (Graduate) and the student’s supervisor. In addition to coursework, candidates must: demonstrate reading proficiency in a second language through prior credit on the transcript, or completion of a course or standard test approved by the Department; pass a specialization area examination in an area distinct from the thesis; and pass an oral candidacy examination taken in the subject field of the thesis research. Depending on the supervisory committee or student preference, a written examination may also be taken in the thesis subject, prior to the oral candidacy examination. The above requirements are normally completed within the first two years.

Candidates proceed to the completion of the degree, normally within two years, by conducting thesis research and related scholarly activity leading to conference presentations and publication. Candidates may present their thesis research to the Department in the form of a public seminar prior to the thesis defence.

Length of Program

The time required to complete the PhD degree will vary according to the previous education of the applicant and the nature of the thesis research; however, four years is normally required. Candidates must complete their degree program within six years of the time they first register.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Sociology.

Online/Distance with attendence (Candidates must complete their degree program within six years of the time they first register.)

Tuition fees

CAD$9,465.00 (5,24,068) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purpose, please check with institution




Faculty of Arts

6-5 Humanities Centre,

University of Alberta,


Alberta (AB),

T6G 2E5, Canada

Entry requirement for international students

The minimum requirements are a master's degree with an average of 3.5 on all graduate courses and undergraduate coursework taken in the final two years (20 single-term courses) at the University of Alberta, or equivalent qualifications from a recognized institution.

English language proficiency:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language TOEFL minimum score of 600 (paper-based), or a total score of 100 with a score of at least 21 on each of the individual skill areas (internet-based)
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) minimum score of 85
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) minimum overall band score of 7, with at least 5.5 on each band (Academic)
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) overall minimum score of 68

The online admission application system will be available starting September 1st and will have a deadline of January 15.