IX. Graduate Programs


PhD Program

The doctoral program comprises three fields within the discipline of Sociology that build on current faculty strengths. These fields are: 1) global agro-food systems, communities and rural change; 2) work, gender and change in a global context; 3) sociological criminology; and 4) diversity and social inequality.

Degree Requirements

All students in the PhD program are required to successfully complete four courses during the first two semesters of study. Students must also successfully complete two qualifying examinations and a research proposal, and produce and orally defend a dissertation on a topic that has been approved by the advisory committee.

Admission Requirements

Normally, only applicants with a recognized MA degree in Sociology and with high academic standing (80% or higher) in their graduate-level studies will be admitted into the program.

Students are expected to have successfully completed Master’s-level courses in sociological theory as well as Master’s-level qualitative and quantitative methodology courses in Sociology. It is also expected that students will have taken courses across the breadth of Sociology.

Admission Procedure

Graduate students are admitted into the program in the Fall semester only. The program is offered on a full-time basis only. Program offices should be consulted for admission deadlines. The on-line application and application information can be found at http://www.uoguelph.ca/graduatestudies/apply

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