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Sociology (PhD)

Learn advanced techniques in qualitative and quantitative methods. You’ll pursue coursework and candidacy examinations to supplement your independent research. Your expertise in sociology will help you research and create a dissertation that will add significantly to a field of sociology.

Our research strengths include:

  • ecology, global issues and social movements
  • gender, racialization and ethnicity
  • sociology of crime and law
  • health, aging and society

You have the option of combining this program with the interdisciplinary Cultural, Social and Political Thought PhD.

Expected length Project or thesis Course-based
4-5 years (12-15 academic terms) Yes No

Quick facts

Program options:
Study options:
Full-time study
Program delivery:
Dynamic learning:
Co-op optional


Graduates with a PhD in sociology will be able to:

  • use sociological approaches to analyze social issues and intellectual debates
  • demonstrate advanced expertise in at least one of the department’s four main areas of research
  • think creatively and understand the process of creating theoretical concepts and theories
  • demonstrate competency in advanced qualitative and quantitative methods
  • design and implement theory-guided and methodologically sound research that makes an original contribution to knowledge
  • communicate research effectively to academic and general audiences
  • participate in various professional activities and develop skills in independent teaching

Find a supervisor

All graduate students in this program are assigned a faculty member who serves as their academic supervisor. When you apply:

  • You should list one or more potential supervisors on your application

To find a supervisor, review the faculty contacts. When you've found a faculty member whose research complements your own, you are encouraged to contact that person to explore common interests before applying.

Aaron H. Devor

Chair in Transgender Studies and Professor Sex, gender and transgender

André Smith

Associate Professor, Honours Program Advisor Aging

Anelyse Weiler

Assistant Professor food and agriculture, migrant workers, food security, food and farm workers, qualitative methods, political ecology

Athena Madan

Assistant Professor Global health, health equity, humanitarian intervention, therapeutic governance and reconciliation, decoloniality

Bruce Ravelli

Teaching Professor, Undergraduate Advisor Community-Engaged Learning, Social Inequality, Instructional Design

Garry Gray

Associate Professor Criminology, Public Health, Ethics, Institutions, Socio-Legal Studies

Katelin Albert

Assistant Professor Health and Medicine, Vaccines, Health Technology, and Science and Technology Studies, Genders and Sexualities, Sexual Health, Social Theory & Feminist Theory, Sociology of Knowledge

Midori Ogasawara

Assistant Professor Surveillance, technology, identification, biometrics, colonialism, data justice

Min Zhou

Associate Professor, Graduate Advisor International sociology, global change, quantitative methods, East Asian societies

Peyman Vahabzadeh

Professor Human action and social movements, social theory, phenomenology, postcolonial studies, violence and nonviolence

Sean Hier

Professor Moral Panics and Social Problems.

Steve Garlick

Associate Professor and Chair Gender and Social Theory

Tamara Humphrey

Assistant Professor criminology, development and life-course theories of crime, criminal justice system, quantitative methods, domestic violence, bullying, gender and crime

William K. Carroll

Professor Corporate capitalism, climate crisis, social movements and social change

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