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Graduate Studies Calendar 2012-2013 Program Descriptions Sociology SOCI
Sociology - SOCI
Contact Information

Location: Social Sciences Building, Room 956
Faculty number: 403.220.6501
Fax: 403.282.9298
E-mail address: vhansen@ucalgary.ca
Web page URL: http://soci.ucalgary.ca/

1. Degrees and Specializations Offered

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Master of Arts (MA), thesis-based

2. Admission Requirements

In addition to Faculties of Graduate Studies and Arts requirements, the Department requires:

Master of Arts

a) A grade point average of 3.30 on a four-point scale over the last two years of coursework or 10 full-course equivalents.

b) Demonstrated competence, normally through course work, in classical and contemporary theory, research methods, and statistics.

c) A written statement of intent.

d) A sample of written work.

e) Two reference letters.

Doctor of Philosophy

a) A grade point average of 3.50 on a four-point scale over a Master’s program.

b) Demonstrated competence in theory, methodology, and statistics, in addition to a substantive interest.

c) A written statement of intent.

d) A sample of written work.

e) Two reference letters.

3. Application Deadline

Deadlines for the submission of complete applications:

February 1 for September admission

4. Advanced Credit

The applicant must make advanced credit requests as part of the admission process. Credit will not be given for course work taken as part of another completed degree/diploma or for courses taken to bring the grade point average to a required level for admission.

Master of Arts – Credit may be allowed for up to two 600-level Sociology half courses.

Doctor of Philosophy – Credit may be allowed for up to three 600- or 700-level half courses.

5. Program/Course Requirements

In addition to Faculties of Graduate Studies and Arts requirements, the Department requires:

Master of Arts

a) Competence in sociological statistics, methods of sociological research, and sociological theory demonstrated by completing Sociology 611; 613 or 615; and 631.

b) Completion of two half-course equivalent electives at the 600 or 700 level; at least one half-course equivalent elective must be a Sociology Department offering in a substantive area.

c) Completion of Sociology 602 - Training in Professional Sociology and successful preparation and completion of a thesis prospectus.

Doctor of Philosophy

a) Sociology 611; 702; 731; two half-course equivalent methodology courses at the 700 level, selected from decimalized sections of Sociology 705Q, 711Q, or 715Q; two half-course equivalent electives at the 600 or 700 level selected from Sociology Department offerings on substantive topics. Students who have taken one of the required courses in a previous degree may substitute any other 600- or 700-level course.

b) Successful completion of a thesis prospectus, normally within twenty months of initial registration in the doctoral program. Successful completion of the prospectus means that the Supervisory Committee has approved the thesis project, and a written copy of the prospectus is filed with the Sociology Department Student Administrator.

c) A candidacy examination with a written and an oral component.

6. Additional Requirements


7. Credit for Undergraduate Courses


8. Time Limit

Expected completion time is 20 months for the Master of Arts and four years for the Doctor of Philosophy degree. Maximum completion time is four years for the Master of Arts and six years for the doctoral program.

9. Supervisory Assignments

An interim advisor is assigned to incoming students who have not already selected a supervisor. After two terms in the program, a student will make supervisory arrangements with a faculty member in the chosen area of research. In the case of doctoral students, the supervisor and student will select two other faculty members to serve on the student’s supervisory committee.

10. Required Examinations

Candidacy Examinations

The candidacy examination has a written and an oral component. A final reading list is prepared by the student’s supervisory committee and given to the student at least three months before the written examination. The written candidacy examination in the student’s substantive area is written within one month of the oral candidacy examination. The written candidacy is normally a seven day take-home or seven hour closed-book examination. Both the written and oral candidacy examinations are graded together.

Questions on the research proposal will not be included in the oral candidacy examination.

Thesis Oral Examinations

Final thesis oral examinations are open.

11. Research Proposal Requirements

Students whose research involves human subjects must receive approval from University of Calgary Conjoint Faculties Research Ethics Board or the Conjoint Health Research Ethics Board (if applicable) before beginning data collection.

Master of Arts students are required to prepare a thesis prospectus.

Doctoral students are required to prepare a thesis prospectus for approval by their supervisory committee within twenty months of the date of entry into the program.

12. Special Registration Information


13. Financial Assistance

Financial assistance may be available to qualified students. Information on departmental funding is available in the on-line Graduate Student Handbook at http://soci.ucalgary.ca/graduate. For further information on awards, please see the Awards and Financial Assistance section of this Calendar.

Students applying for Graduate Award Competitions through the Faculty of Graduate Studies must submit their applications to the Department by January 15.

14. Other Information

Students should refer to the Department's on-line information and the Sociology Graduate Student Handbook at http://soci.ucalgary.ca/graduate for further clarification and explanation of these regulations.

15. Faculty Members/Research Interests

The active research interests of the faculty can be found at http://soci.ucalgary.ca/people/faculty.