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Degrees Offered: Ph.D., M.A.


Professors Emeriti

D. Currie, D. R. Matthews, N. Guppy.


J. Berdahl, G. Creese, S. Fuller, A. Ghaziani, T. Kemple, A. Martin-Matthews, R. Mawani, B. Ross, G. Stecklov, D. Tindall, G. Veenstra, R. Wilkes.

Associate Professors

S. Abrutyn, C. Corrigall-Brown, Q. Fu, A. Hanser, B. Hirsh, E. Huddart-Kennedy, K. Huyser, P. Johnson, S. Lauer, N. Lauster, Y. Qian, L. Richardson, C. Yodanis.

Assistant Professors

A. Cheong, M. Musto, L. Nelson, E. Raker, T. Silva.

Program Overview

The Department of Sociology offers advanced study leading to both the Master of Arts (M.A.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees. The department has specialization in the following core areas of study:

  • Environment, community, and social movements;
  • Family and the life course;
  • Gender and sexuality;
  • Health and healthcare;
  • Knowledge, culture, and power;
  • Race, ethnicity, and immigration; and
  • Work, economy, and globalization.

The department is committed to providing its graduate students with theoretical and methodological training, mentorship, and professional development. Students typically receive extensive financial support in the form of graduate scholarships, teaching assistantships, and research assistantships. Students work closely with faculty members on their own thesis research projects and often have opportunities to work on departmental research projects as well.

Please visit the Department for more information about graduate study in Sociology at UBC.

Doctor of Philosophy

Admission Requirements

The prerequisite for the Ph.D. program normally is a master's degree in sociology, which includes preparation in sociological theory and in research methods. Exceptional M.A. students may seek transfer to the Ph.D. program after the first year of graduate work, provided the student meets the regulations set by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and follows procedures set out by the Sociology Graduate Studies Committee.

Program Requirements

Appropriate coursework may be selected in consultation with the student's supervisory committee. All doctoral students are required to complete two comprehensive examinations successfully. The major requirement for the Ph.D. is completion of a research dissertation meeting the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies requirements.

Master of Arts

Admission Requirements

Students admitted to the M.A. degree program must hold a B.A. degree in sociology or a related area, and must meet the general admission requirements for master's degree programs set by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Program Requirements

The M.A. program, which is available to both full-time and part-time students, requires courses which include sociological theory and research methods. Students must complete 30 credits of work that includes a 6-credit thesis.

Emphasis in Science and Technology Studies for Doctoral and Masters Students

Both the Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology, offer students an opportunity to focus a portion of their studies towards an emphasis in Science and Technology Studies (STS). The STS emphasis offers opportunities for advanced research and study of scientific work and thought from a variety of perspectives associated with the humanities and social sciences. Students in the STS emphasis are required to take STS 501 (3), STS 502 (3), and STS 597 (M.A.) or STS 598 (Ph.D).

For more information on the STS emphasis, please see the STS Webpage.

Contact Information

Department of Sociology
6303 NW Marine Drive
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z1
Tel: 604.822.0503
Fax: 604.822.6161

May Chan, Graduate Program Coordinator

The University of British Columbia

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