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The following collaborative specializations are available to students in participating degree programs as listed below:

  • Sociology, MA, PhD
  • Sociology, MA

The Department of Sociology is consistently the top-ranked sociology department in Canada, with internationally renowned scholars who have an excellent track record for securing research funding, producing outstanding sociological research, and mentoring graduate students extensively. A collegial atmosphere encourages innovation and rigour in research and teaching. The community of scholars includes faculty members, outstanding postdoctoral scholars, and creative and engaged graduate students.

The department's graduate programs provide exceptional training to students in advanced social research. The focus is on transforming graduate students from consumers of academic research into producers of new sociological knowledge. To that end, there is a strong focus on methodological training; graduate students are integrated thoroughly into the faculty research programs in the department.

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Web: www.sociology.utoronto.ca Email: [email protected] or [email protected] Telephone: (416) 978-3414 Fax: (416) 978-3963

Department of Sociology University of Toronto 725 Spadina Avenue Toronto, Ontario M5S 2J4 Canada

Sociology: Graduate Faculty

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The MA program trains students in the theoretical approaches, research designs, and analytical skills central to the field of Sociology. It provides extensive background and knowledge valuable for a number of rewarding careers in the public and private sectors. The program also builds a strong foundation in sociological training for those who plan to pursue a doctoral degree in Sociology.

Students have the option of completing the master's degree in one of two ways:

Coursework (the preferred option for those proceeding to the PhD).

Coursework plus research paper.

Students can take the program on a part-time or full-time basis.

Minimum Admission Requirements

Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Sociology's additional admission requirements stated below.

An appropriate bachelor's degree with 5.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) in sociology, with an overall B+ average in each of the last two years of post-secondary education. Those with excellent grades but whose preparation is insufficient will be required to take additional courses.

Applicants are also expected to have acquired basic research and statistical skills.

Admission decisions are based on grades and indications of superior qualifications such as letters of recommendation and a sample of the applicant's work.

In addition to the School of Graduate Studies' online application form , applicants must submit:

Two letters of reference from instructors or research supervisors.

A paper, including summary, which the student feels represents his or her best work.

A one-page, single-spaced typed statement of interest indicating research interests, research experience, and reasons for applying to study sociology at the University of Toronto.

Proficiency in the English language, demonstrated by all applicants educated outside Canada whose primary language is not English. See General Regulations section 4.3 English-Language Proficiency for minimum TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language and TWE (Test of Written English) scores required.

Program Requirements

Coursework Option: the preferred option for those proceeding to the PhD

4.0 FCEs or eight half courses including:

SOC6001H Classical Sociological Theory I

SOC6302H Statistics for Sociologists

SOC6712H Qualitative Methods I.

Coursework Plus Research Paper Option

3.0 FCEs or six half courses including:

A research paper.

Regardless of option, the MA program is completed in 12 months.

The choice of courses in all programs must be approved by the department.

A maximum of 0.5 FCE in reading courses may be counted towards the degree requirements.

A maximum of 0.5 FCE in elective courses taken outside the department may be counted towards the degree requirements unless approval of the Graduate Coordinator is obtained.

Students must maintain a B average to be recommended for the MA degree.

Program Length

3 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S); 15 sessions part-time

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

Sociology: Sociology PhD

Doctor of philosophy.

The PhD program provides training in conducting theoretically rich and methodologically sophisticated sociological research. Through the program, students design and carry out research projects, present their work at professional conferences, and author scholarly publications. The program is designed to provide both a broad knowledge of the discipline and specialized methodological and subject matter expertise.

Applicants may enter the PhD program via one of two routes: 1) following completion of an appropriate MA or 2) direct entry after completing a bachelor’s degree.

PhD Program

The normal requirement is completion of the University of Toronto MA, with at least an A– standing. All students must demonstrate that their master's degree program included coursework equivalent to Classical Social Theory, Social Statistics, and Qualitative Methods I. Some students may be required to take prescribed additional courses.

Coursework. Students must complete 4.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) including:

SOC6101H Contemporary Sociological Theory

SOC6707H Intermediate Data Analysis

SOC6511H Professional Development Seminar I

SOC6711Y Research Practicum

If a student has already taken these courses at the graduate level, other courses will be substituted to obtain the 4.5 FCEs total.

An average of at least B+ is required in order to be eligible to continue in the following year of any program. Failure in any course (that is, less than a B–) will require a review of the student's total program by the department.

Doctoral students must complete SOC6511H Professional Development Seminar I (Credit/No Credit). This seminar consists of a series of workshops designed to guide students in their graduate school career and beyond. SOC6511H must be completed in the Fall session of Year 1.

Two comprehensive examinations , which must be completed by the end of Year 2.

Comprehensive exams are offered in each of the 12 areas of study: Computational and Quantitative Methods; Gender; Global Migration; Health and Mental Health; Political Sociology; Qualitative Methods; Race, Ethnicity, Indigeneity; Social Networks; Sociology of Crime and Law; Sociology of Culture; Theory; and Work, Stratification, and Markets.

If a student fails a comprehensive exam, the student has one attempt to rewrite the exam. The rewrite must occur in the next available exam session.

Submission of a written thesis proposal and its successful oral defence before a supervisory committee consisting of three faculty members. If a student should fail, the student is permitted one additional opportunity to defend a revised thesis proposal.

University policy requires that students complete all their non-thesis requirements (coursework, comprehensive examinations, thesis proposal, and language requirement if applicable) by the end of Year 3.

Preparation of an original PhD thesis , which must be defended at a Doctoral Final Oral Examination .

Candidates must have an adequate knowledge of a language other than English if an additional language is deemed essential for satisfactory completion of research for the thesis.

Two years of residence , whereby students must be on campus and consequently in geographical proximity to be able to participate fully in the University activities associated with the program.

PhD Program (Direct-Entry)

The department may recommend admission directly after completion of an appropriate bachelor's degree. Direct entry of this kind will only be recommended for outstanding students who have provided a clear and detailed plan for thesis research.

Coursework. Students must complete 6.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) including:

A maximum of 0.5 FCE in reading courses and 0.5 FCE in elective courses taken outside the department may be counted towards the degree requirements.

Sociology: Sociology MA, PhD Courses

For details on course offerings, check with the departmental graduate office.

Theory and Methods of Sociology — Core Courses

+ Extended course. For academic reasons, coursework is extended into session following academic session in which course is offered.

Areas of Specialization

Colonialism, racialization, indigeneity, gender and family, global migration, health and mental health, networks and community, political sociology, sociology of crime and law, sociology of culture, work, stratification, and markets, other courses, special reading courses, ma research paper.

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Sociology at UTM is one of the highest ranked sociology departments in the world, particularly in the area of law and society and criminology (other areas of strength include sociology of gender, sociology of culture and food, and the sociology of inequality). Our research and teaching expertise covers a diverse range of topics that are central to understanding and explaining the state of society and social change.

At the undergraduate level, we offer Specialist, Major, and Minor programs in Sociology, and Specialist and Major programs in Criminology, Law & Society. As part of the tri-campus graduate department of Sociology, we also offer training for MA and PhD students through teaching and advising. The graduate program is administered at the downtown campus.

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Social sciences students will explore issues that involve the inter-relationship between the individual, society and the environment. For example, they will look at how revolutions start and explore the relationship between the environment and the economy.

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Applying to the social sciences, admission requirements.

OUAC Admission Code: TAX (Social Sciences)

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Admission Category Prerequisites: English

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For example, if you are interested in economics, you will not only need English (which is required for admission into Social Sciences), but you will also need grade 12 mathematics/calculus or equivalent to be able to enrol in this program.

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Since you are admitted to the general Social Sciences admission category, during your first year you will not be enrolled in a specific program. This means that during your first year, you are able to explore a number of different areas of study. You apply to a program (e.g. major in economics) at the end of your first year, and can combine programs outside of your own admission category , excluding programs in Rotman Commerce.

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Step 2: Find the high school subject prerequisites for your desired program of study listed under Subject(s) Required in Addition to English

Step 3: These prerequisites subjects allow you to enrol in introductory first year courses needed for your program of study selection at the end of first year. You can find these courses listed under Program Area in the Academic Calendar

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The PhD program, offered on a full– and part–time basis, is intended to develop research and teaching scholars who can accomplish major, independent research projects, who are able to advance the substantive and theoretical debates in the discipline through professional discourse and publication, and who are able to teach the basic perspectives in the discipline and at least one specialized field at the undergraduate and graduate levels. All requirements for the PhD must be completed within six years of first registering as a doctoral student. During this period, continuous registration at York must be maintained. Part–time study does not entitle students to extra time. Part–time doctoral study is feasible only if the student can collect data for the dissertation as part of their job, or if the student can switch to full–time study for a year or two.

If a student has not finished at the end of their sixth year (18th term), they will have to withdraw from the program and seek reinstatement when they have completed all outstanding work and have an examinable dissertation. In exceptional circumstances, an extension may be granted, and the student will be required to register as a part–time student. Such an extension requires formal approval by the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and is not granted routinely. Students need the support of their committee supervisor and the Graduate Program Director. In addition, students must write a petition outlining why they have been unable to finish within the normal time period and submit a detailed work plan for finishing the dissertation within the requested extension period.

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