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Department of Sociology


University Catalogue


Graduate Chair: Hongming Cheng

Graduate Secretary:

Phone: (306) 966-6947

Department of Sociology
University of Saskatchewan
9 Campus Drive
Saskatoon SK CAN S7N 5A5

From the perspective of a continuing student at the University of Saskatchewan in the area of Sociology I have found that the Sociology department offers a wide variety of courses, helpful faculty and staff, and many research opportunities. The Sociology department offers a variety of courses in such areas as the Sociology of Health and Illness, Criminology, Social Policy and the Sociology of Science and Knowledge to name a few. I have found that many of the courses offered in the Sociology department have also helped bridged the gap between the social and natural sciences by offering courses that invite a multidisciplinary learning environment. The positive experiences in my undergraduate education have motivated me to continue on in the area of Sociology at the graduate level at the U of S. In the future I plan to move on in my academic career at the doctoral level in Sociology.

Joelena Leader
M.A. Student

I am Susan Langmagne an international student from Ghana and a first year PhD student at the Department of Sociology.

What I like most about my program are the interactive nature of instructions, the practical assignment which allow students to put into practice what they have been taught, the effort put in by faculty to help students develop their research proposal right from the onset of the course, the approachable and friendly faculty and staff who inspire active academic discourse and above all the vast array of resources and facilities available to support learning and research.

I plan to return to Ghana upon completion of my course to teach at the Department of Sociology at the University of Ghana (UG). There I hope to impact the knowledge and skills I have acquired at the U of S to students and contribute my quota to the development of Ghana as whole. I also wish to mentor especially female students and young women who think higher education is a luxury or impossible as a result of their peculiar circumstances not only as females but ones from a developing country to take a cue from my success story.

Susan Langmagne
Ph.D. student


The Department of Sociology offers a thesis and non-thesis program leading to a Master of Arts degree in Sociology and a thesis-based Ph.D. program. The program of study for the candidates in M.A. and Ph.D. programs is prepared to suit the individual student's needs and interests. This generally requires a combination of rigorous training in the areas of theory and methodology and elective courses in the candidate's area of interest. Students should normally take one and a half to two years beyond the B.A. (Honours) or a four-year B.A. to complete all requirements for the M.A. degree. The Ph.D. should normally take three to four years to complete after an M.A. degree.

Graduate student enrollment in the department is at a level that provides flexibility and extensive student-faculty interaction. Presently, there are 50 graduate students enrolled in the M.A. and Ph.D. programs with 19 faculty members who are actively involved in research.


Standard Graduate Studies Application plus a letter of intent, including a statement of research interests. The letter should outline your academic background and other relevant information, as well as your proposed area of graduate research, identifying as much as possible your research problem, theoretical interests, and proposed data sources or methodological approach. The letter should be 1 to 2 pages for M.A. applicants and 5-6 pages for Ph.D. applicants. 


The application deadline for a September start is January 15th.


To be eligible for scholarship funding, students must meet the lanague requirements for admission and have obtained at least an 80% academic average in the last two years of study.


Students graduating with a graduate degree in sociology are well positioned to seek careers in policy research, in justice, health, education, immigration, and human resources, qualitative and quantitative research in the public and private sectors, academia and a wide spectrum of other career opportunities.


For admission and degree requirements, please see  the University Catalogue.

M.A. +


  • A four-year bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, from a recognized college or university.
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (i.e. 60 credit units).
  • Demonstrated ability for independent thought, advanced study, and research.
  • International applicants must meet the English proficiency requirements set forth by the college.

Ph.D. +

The purpose of the Ph.D. program is to train students as scholars and specialists in the field of Sociology. In addition to mastering a broad knowledge of Sociology, Ph.D. students should acquire expertise in particular areas of research. In the first two years of the program, students are expected to complete the course requirements, develop a proposal for dissertation research, and to sit for the comprehensive examination. The last years of the program are devoted to original research by the student under the guidance of the supervisor and the Advisory Committee. Students who graduate from the program must develop an intellectual maturity that is demonstrated in the ability to conduct independent research that results in a defensible doctoral thesis that meets the approval of the Examining Committee.


  • A Master's degree in Sociology or related field from a recognized university.
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 75% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (e.g. coursework required in Master's program).
  • Demonstrated ability for independent thought, advanced study, and research.
  • International applicants must meet the English proficiency requirements set forth by the college.