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In Sociology, you’ll gain a solid grounding in research methods and theory. Your studies will emphasize theory, methods and your area of research interest. Besides social theory, qualitative and quantitative methods, our research strengths include:

  • Ecology, Global Issues & Social Movements
  • Gender, Racialization & Ethnicity
  • Sociology of Crime & Law
  • Health, Aging & Society

Degree programs offered

Learn graduate-level quantitative and qualitative methods and social theory. You’ll engage in coursework that will give you a foundation in sociology research. You'll create either a thesis or conduct a major research project.

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 to research and create a dissertation. This original work will add significantly to a field of sociology.

In this interdisciplinary program you’ll engage with theory that transcends disciplinary boundaries. You’ll address key issues across the fields of culture, society, and politics.

This competitive program is open to MA and PhD students in select Social Sciences and Humanities. You’ll earn your MA or PhD in sociology with CSPT as an add-on program.

Program Expected length Project and/or thesis Course-based
MA 2 years Yes No
PhD 4 years Yes No

Quick facts

Program options:
Masters, Doctorate
Program delivery:
Dynamic learning:
Co-op optional

Areas of focus

  • Ecology, Global Issues & Social Movements
  • Gender, Racialization & Ethnicity
  • Sociology of Crime & Law
  • Health, Aging & Society
  • Qualitative methods
  • Quantitative methods
  • Social theory

Find a supervisor

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

  • you must list a potential supervisor on your application
  • this faculty member must agree to be your supervisor and recommend your admission

To find a supervisor, review the faculty contacts. When you've found a faculty member whose research complements your own, contact them by email.

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

Bruce Ravelli

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

Catherine Krull

Professor, Special Advisor (International) to the Provost

Garry Gray

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

Karen Kobayashi

Professor, Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Studies), Faculty of Social Sciences Social gerontology

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

Martha McMahon

Associate Professor Environmental sociology

Midori Ogasawara

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

Min Zhou

Associate Professor, Graduate Advisor International sociology

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

Funding & aid

Graduate students registered in full-time programs are automatically considered for a fellowship. This is based on a qualifying GPA.

Individual award amounts may vary depending on the program.

UVic Fellowship Awards

  • Up to $17,500 per year (master's)
  • Up to $20,000 per year (PhD)

UVic Graduate Awards

  • Up to $10,000 per year (master's and PhD)


  • The minimum requirement for funding consideration is a A- average on the last two years of course work
  • Full-time registration (3.0 units) for UVic Fellowship holders and at least part-time registration (1.5 units) for UVic Graduate Award holders
  • Full-time registration for students registered with the Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL) is 1.5 units

You can also join the co-op program or work as a research or teaching assistant.

Funding opportunities

Tuition & fees

Visit our tuition calculator to determine the tuition and fees for your program.

When you apply you will be charged an application fee. Your application will not be processed until this payment has been received.

  • Application fee for documents from within Canada: $131.50
  • Application fee if any documents originate outside Canada: $169

Application deadlines

  • Canadian and International students: apply by January 15 for September entry.
  • The application deadline for students who don’t need funding is May 31.

Admission & program requirements

You must meet the minimum graduate school admission requirements.

Review the graduate admission requirements and this program's admission requirements in the Graduate calendar.

If your first language is not English you must provide proof of language proficiency. Learn more about language requirements, including what exemptions and tests are allowed.

Ready to apply?

You can start your online application to UVic by creating a new profile or using an existing one.

Apply now    How to apply

Faculties & departments

Need help?

Contact the graduate secretary or 250-721-7572.

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