Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology (PhD)

Overview

UBC has granted Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in sociology since 1970, although the first sociology course was taught at the university as long ago as 1921. Students in the Ph.D. program in sociology at UBC have the opportunity to specialize in any one or more of the Department's seven major areas of specialization:

  • Environment, Community and Social Movements;
  • Family and Life Course;
  • Gender and Sexuality;
  • Health and Healthcare;
  • Knowledge, Culture and Power;
  • Race, Ethnicity and Immigration; and
  • Work, Economy and Globalization.

 

What makes the program unique?

UBC sociology has a strong tradition of publishing research that matters. A sample of recent and award-winning books include: Gillian Creese's The New African Diaspora (U. Toronto Press); Amin Ghaziani's There Goes the Gayborhood? (Princeton U. Press), Neil Gross' Why Are Professors Liberal and Why do Conservatives Care? (Harvard U. Press), Renisa Mawani's Colonial Proximities(UBC Press), Becki Ross Burlesque West: Showgirls, Sex, and Sin in Postwar Vancouver (U. Toronto Press), and Wendy Roth's Race Migrations (Stanford U. Press).

UBC sociology is the home to several important journals for the field, including the Canadian Review of Sociology (edited by Rima Wilkes), Sociological Theory (edited by Neil Gross), and Sojourners, Undergraduate Journal of Sociology (edited by UBC undergraduate students).

UBC sociology has a strong history of engaging in community and service oriented learning projects, providing students with hands-on learning experiences carrying out research for partnering organizations in and around Vancouver (e.g. RainCity Housing, SPEC, City of Vancouver, Neighborhood House Association, Be The Change). There is a strong co-op tradition, and the Department also runs the Immigrant Vancouver Ethnographic Field School (in conjunction with the Department of Anthropology).

Quick Facts

Degree
Doctor of Philosophy
Subject
Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
Mode of delivery
On campus
Registration options
Full-time
Specialization
Sociology
Program Components
Dissertation
Faculty
Faculty of Arts

Requirements

TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement

100
25
25
22
22

IELTS Overall Score Requirement

7.0
6.5
6.5
6.5
6.5

GRE required?

Required by some applicants (check program website)

Funding Sources

All full-time students who begin a UBC-Vancouver PhD program in September 2018 or later will be provided with a funding package of at least $18,000 for each of the first four years of their PhD. The funding package may consist of any combination of internal or external awards, teaching-related work, research assistantships, and graduate academic assistantships. Please note that many graduate programs provide funding packages that are substantially greater than $18,000 per year. Please check with your prospective graduate program for specific details of the funding provided to its PhD students.

Career Outcomes

27 students graduated between 2005 and 2013. Of these, career information was obtained for 25 alumni (based on research conducted between Feb-May 2016):


RI (Research-Intensive) Faculty: typically tenure-track faculty positions (equivalent of the North American Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor positions) in PhD-granting institutions
TI (Teaching-Intensive) Faculty: typically full-time faculty positions in colleges or in institutions not granting PhDs, and teaching faculty at PhD-granting institutions
Term Faculty: faculty in term appointments (e.g. sessional lecturers, visiting assistant professors, etc.)
Sample Employers in Higher Education
University of Ottawa (2)
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Okanagan College
Western University (Ontario)
Trinity Western University
University of Edinburgh
University of Alberta
Camosun College
University of Washington
University of British Columbia
Sample Employers Outside Higher Education
Faculty Association of Simon Fraser University
Transplant Research Foundation of British Columbia
Pivot Legal
EMI Consulting
Environmental Resources Management
Vancouver Coastal Health
Sample Job Titles Outside Higher Education
Director (2)
Owner of Berton College
Interim Executive Director
Associate Director
Sexuality Educator
Senior Consultant
Clinician
Founder, Wellness Educator
PhD Career Outcome Survey
You may view the full report on career outcomes of UBC PhD graduates on outcomes.grad.ubc.ca.
Disclaimer
These data represent historical employment information and do not guarantee future employment prospects for graduates of this program. They are for informational purposes only. Data were collected through either alumni surveys or internet research.
Career Options

There are many places to go with a Sociology degree from UBC. Alumni from our program work with Statistics Canada, with Indian and Northern Affairs, in the provincial health care sector, in an array of public service and non-profit positions, and in a range of private businesses, big and small. Alumni also succeed within academia, securing positions at leading Canadian universities (e.g., University of Toronto, Western University, University of Waterloo), as well as universities abroad.

Tuition / Program Costs

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$104.00$168.25
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$1,632.61$2,868.22
Tuition per year$4,897.83$8,604.66
Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible) $3,200.00 (-)
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$930.14 (approx.)
Costs of living (yearly)starting at $16,884.10 (check cost calculator)
* Regular, full-time tuition. For on-leave, extension, continuing or part time (if applicable) fees see UBC Calendar.
All fees for the year are subject to adjustment and UBC reserves the right to change any fees without notice at any time, including tuition and student fees. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

Statistical Data

Enrolment Data

 20172016201520142013
Applications4226214525
Offers43469
New registrations32465
Total enrolment3132353839

Completion Rates & Times

This program has a graduation rate of 61.9% based on 21 students admitted between 2005 - 2008. Based on 17 graduations between 2014 - 2017 the minimum time to completion is 4.66 years and the maximum time is 8.33 years with an average of 6.59 years of study. All calculations exclude leave times.
Disclaimer
Admissions data refer to all UBC Vancouver applications, offers, new registrants for each year, May to April [data updated: 9 March 2018]. Enrolment data are based on March 1 snapshots. Program completion data are only provided for datasets comprised of more than 4 individuals. Rates and times of completion depend on a number of variables (e.g. curriculum requirements, student funding), some of which may have changed in recent years for some programs [data updated: 23 September 2018].

Upcoming Doctoral Exams

Thursday, 13 December 2018 - 9:00am - 1305, Anthropology and Sociology Building, 6303 N. W. Marine Drive

Patrick John Burnett
Rhythms and Relations in Transactional Sex: Relating Past, Present, and Future Time Dimensions to the Practice of Purchasing Sexual Services in Canada

Friday, 18 January 2019 - 12:30pm - Room 203

Seonok Lee
The Making of a Global Racial Hierarchy: Racial Formation of South and Southeast Asian Migrants in South Korea

Research Supervisors

This list shows faculty members with full supervisory privileges who are affiliated with this program. It is not a comprehensive list of all potential supervisors as faculty from other programs or faculty members without full supervisory privileges can request approvals to supervise graduate students in this program.

  • Abrutyn, Seth (Adolescent Suicide, Sociological Theory, Mental Health, Social Psychology, Emotions)
  • Corrigall-Brown, Catherine (social movements, political sociology, social psychology, identity)
  • Creese, Gillian (Women topics, Intersections of gender, sexuality, racialization and class, Processes of immigration and settlement in Canada, Gender, racialization, work and trade unions)
  • Elliott, Sinikka (Family, Inequality, Gender, Sexuality, Qualitative Research Methods, Intersectionality, Social Policy)
  • Fu, Qiang (a multidisciplinary perspective on institutional changes, social networks and mental health over the urban space; comparative and temporal analysis of civic engagement and identity; child and youth well-being (e.g., obesity and school bullying); developing)
  • Fuller, Sylvia (precarious employment; inequality; work; gender and work; immigration, Work and Labour, Inequality, Gender, Economic Sociology, Social Policy, Welfare state restructuring)
  • Ghaziani, Amin (LGBT issues, sexuality, gay and lesbian rights, gay communities, gay politics, gay neighborhoods, Sexualities, social movements, cultural, cities)
  • Guppy, Neil (sociology, social inequality, sociology of education, gender relations)
  • Hanser, Amy (Work and employment; gender; consumption/consumerism; contemporary Chinese society, Culture and markets, inequality, gender, consumption, service work, China)
  • Hirsh, Elizabeth (Inequality, Gender and Race Discrimination, Work Organizations, Law)
  • Huddart, Joanna (Sustainable consumption, Food, Social class, Gender)
  • Johnson, Phyllis (Allocation of financial and human resources by families coping with stressful circumstances, including immigration and resettlement, family separation, unemployment, and conflicts between work and family responsibilities)
  • Kemple, Thomas (Social and cultural theory, history of social sciences, literary and interpretive methods, aesthetic sociology, visual representation of concepts and arguments)
  • Lauer, Sean (Marriage, immigration, and a resource industry)
  • Lauster, Nathanael (Population, Housing, Urban Studies, Crowding, Home & Housing, Technology & Environment, City Building & Regulation, Family, Demography, Health)
  • Martin-Matthews, Anne (Aging and lifecourse, health and society, health and social care services especially home and community care, intersections of formal and informal care, especially involving the nexus of the public and private spheres, transitional life events such as widowhood)
  • Matthews, David (Social and economic development, environment and society, science,technology and health)
  • Mawani, Renisa (Colonial Legal History, Critical Theory, Race and Racism, Oceans and Maritime Worlds, Time and Temporality)
  • Richardson, Lindsey (Sociology of health and illness, substance use, HIV/AIDS, urban health, sociology of work and economic life, health disparities )
  • Ross, Becky (Qualitative/historical methods, feminist/gender/anti-racist, family sociology)
  • Roth, Wendy (race, ethnicity, immigration, Latinos, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, multiracial populations, multiracial identity, interracial marriage, U.S. Census, school shootings, Race, Ethnicity, and Classification, Immigration, Genetics and Society, Inequality, Research Methods)
  • Tindall, David (environmental movement, social movements, environmental protest, social protest, social networks, social aspects of climate change, Aboriginal protest about natural resources and environmental issues, social surveys, polling, environmental politics, environmental attitudes, environmental values, opinion about the environment, protest about pipelines, protest about oil sands, protest about tar sands, wilderness, wilderness preservation, use of social media in social protest, use of social media in social movements, social media and social networks, social aspects of forestry, climate change policy, news media, social psychology of environmental issues, Envionmental sociology, social research methods, aboriginal forestry, social science)
  • Veenstra, Gerry (racial health inequalities, social class and health, intersectionality and health, Bourdieusian field theory, lifestyle practices and health, culture and class)

Pages

Recent Doctoral Citations

  • Dr. Andrea Nicole Polonijo
    "Dr. Polonijo studied how income, education, and race-ethnicity shape inequalities in human papillomavirus vaccination. Her research identifies the importance of vaccination policy, mother-daughter communication, and community-focused attitudes for both creating and preventing social inequalities in vaccination among adolescents." (November 2018)
  • Dr. William Ronald Keats-Osborn
    "Dr. Keats-Osborn examined the collaborative work involved in generating works of literary journalism. He clarified how reporters and editors develop conventional procedures by anticipating how their work will be received. His research illustrates important links between the production and consumption of culture." (November 2018)
  • Dr. Mabel Ho
    "What does it mean to live in a multicultural society? Dr. Ho examined how participating in ethnic organizations can help individuals integrate into Canada while maintaining their ties to an ancestral country. Her work demonstrates how organizations facilitate individuals' identity development and foster connections to both the ancestral country and Canada." (November 2018)
  • Dr. Georgia Jean Piggot
    "Dr. Piggot examined how organizations determine which strategies they should adopt in response to new climate change policies. Her work demonstrates that if the right support structures are in place, organizations can quickly come to terms with new requirements to address climate change." (May 2018)
  • Dr. Biorn Ivemark
    "Dr. Ivemark compared how French Antilleans and West Africans assimilate across two generations in the Paris region. His work not only sheds light on what generates different group outcomes, it also advances our understanding of the importance of race, culture and religion in the integration experiences of different parts of France's Black population." (November 2017)

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