What will I learn?

The Doctor of Philosophy in Social and Cultural Analysis (PhD) is a bi-disciplinary degree program that fully integrates the disciplines of sociology and anthropology. The program was the first Doctoral degree program of its kind in both Quebec and Canada. It mirrors the philosophical and pedagogical outlook and approach of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

The PhD program draws on advanced research practices and traditions in sociological and anthropological thought. Students are encouraged to pursue research in one of four thematic specializations:

  • Globalization
  • Social inclusion/exclusion
  • Perception and representation
  • Justice and social ethics

The program trains researchers and professors to meet the growing demand for anthropologists and sociologists in government, academic and industry settings. To fulfill degree requirements, PhD students complete core and elective course work, as well as comprehensive exams, and present and defend a thesis proposal and a written thesis.

Career Streams:

  • Social, political and cultural impact of globalization
  • Sex work
  • Comparative urban cultures
  • Men and masculinities
  • Digital culture and video games
  • Citizenship and transculturalism

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts and Science

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
Tuition fee: CAN $56,702 - CAN $57,111 for 90 credits
Start date

Expected September 2022


Faculty of Arts and Science

Loyola Campus,

7141 Sherbrooke St. W.,


Quebec (QC),

H4B 1R6, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants normally must hold a master’s degree or equivalent with high standing. Other English language requirements: TOEFL (paper-based) score 577 or higher; MELAB min. score: 85, 3 on speaking test; CAEL min. score: 70; CAE min. score: A; CPE (advanced qualification for proficient users only) min. score: C.

For international students

The normal requirement for admission to the PhD in Social and Cultural Analysis is a Master of/Magisteriate in Arts in sociology or in anthropology, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00, from a recognized university. A superior academic record and strong references are both essential. The intended area of research is also a factor as admission is contingent on the availability of an appropriate research supervisor. Applicants who do not have the required background in either one of the disciplines will be required to take courses (undergraduate or graduate) before being admitted into the program. The number of credits required will vary depending on the student’s personal background but will be limited to no more than 24 credits.


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