Core Courses: Four required
3 credit hours each, normally competed during the first two semesters of full-time study
SOCI 6040: Advanced Quantitative Methods
SOCI 6041: Advanced Qualitative Methods
SOCI 6150: Social Theory
SOCI 6880: Graduate Seminar

If required courses, or equivalents, have been taken at the MA level, the student’s Supervisory Committee may substitute alternate courses to complete the student’s program. The final decision on courses rests with the Supervisory Committee and the Graduate Officer.

Elective Courses
3 credit hours each, electives are decided on a case-by-case basis on admission and are normally taken in the second semester.


The first year is devoted to the completion of the required/elective courses. The second year includes preparation for the comprehensive examination, final definition of the dissertation research topic, proposal preparation and departmental presentation, and ethics review. The subsequent two years are spent conducting research, preparing the final dissertation, the examination of dissertation and an oral defence.

Fall Semester
SOCI 6040: Advanced Quantitative Methods: Compulsory for all incoming graduate students of Sociology. Designed to enhance students’ understanding of the theory and practice of quantitative social research, with a focus on the practical experience of conducting quantitative research and the use of relevant quantitative data analysis software.

SOCI 6150: Social Theory: Compulsory for all incoming graduate students of Sociology. Provides advanced instruction in selected topics in Social Theory.

SOCI 6880: Sociology Graduate Seminar: Compulsory for all incoming graduate students of Sociology. Focuses on the development of professional skills required of all graduate students. These include research, writing, and presentation skills; instruction around publishing and knowledge mobilization; responding to faculty and other scholarly research; and “surviving” grad school.

Winter Semester
SOCI 6041: Advanced Qualitative Methods: Provides advanced instruction in the variety of methodological approaches that characterize qualitative social research. Focuses on developing students’ understanding of the various stages of conducting qualitative research, including developing a research design, sampling, data collection and data analysis, and how to apply these principles to their own areas of interest.

Electives: Courses in the student’s area of interest and/or focus for the Master’s Research Paper. Possibilities include graduate courses offered in the Winter Semester in the Department of Sociology or in another department, or a reading course with the student’s supervisor.

Spring Semester
Begin preparation for comprehensive examinations.


6040 Advanced Quantitative Methods
6041 Advanced Qualitative Methods
6042-49 Special Topics in Advanced Sociology
6090-94 Special Area in Sociology
6120 Social Organization
6130 Social Stratification
6140 The Community
6150 Social Theory
6160 Theory Construction and Explanation in Sociology
6240 Sociology in Medicine
6280 Social and Economic Development
6300 Maritime Sociology
6310 Political Sociology
6320 Gender and Society
6330 Science and Technology
6340 Comparative North Atlantic Societies
6350 Environmental Sociology
6360 Sociology of Work
6370 Feminist Theory and Methods
6380 Women, Nature, Science and Technology
6390 Sociology of Culture
6610 Socialization
6620 Current Topics in Social Behaviour
6880 Sociology Graduate Seminar
6900 Master's Research Paper (6 credit hours)