Graduate Program

The Department of Sociology at UBC is an excellent choice for graduate study in sociology. We are ranked among the best departments in the world (for instance, see our Top 40 QS Ranking, locating us between Goldsmiths, University of London and Duke University), and within the top two in Canada.  Our graduate students place well in both faculty and other professional positions (see a listing of recent placements here).

Many of our faculty members have been recognized with teaching and research awards and all frequently publish in top academic journals. We host (or have recently hosted) leading journals in the field, including the Canadian Review of SociologySociological Theory, the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, and the Journal of Comparative Family Studies. Two faculty were American Sociological Association “Best Dissertation” award winners; others include Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research “Scholar” and “Senior Scholar” award holders; five Killam Teaching Prize winners; editorial board members of leading academic journals; and the past Director of the Institute of Aging in the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

Faculty members in the department hold research grants from competitive funding organizations such as the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the CIHR and boast publications – frequently co-authored with graduate students – in leading journals such as American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, Annual Review of Sociology, Canadian Review of Sociology, Economy and Society, Demography, Gender & Society, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Journal of Marriage & Family, Social & Legal Studies, Social Forces, Social Networks, Social Problems, Social Psychology Quarterly, Social Science & Medicine, Social Science Research, Sociological Theory, Theory & Society, and Work & Occupations, as well as the academic book presses of Chicago, Duke, Oxford, Princeton, Stanford, Temple, Toronto and UBC, among many others.

Please note that the UBC Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (G&PS) and the UBC Calendar act as final authority on all matters concerning graduate studies at the University, except for those circumstances where only minimum requirements are specified by the UBC Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies or the Calendar.


Please email our Graduate Program Coordinator, May Chan, at or our Graduate Chair, Elizabeth Hirsh at

Download the Sociology Graduate Guide 2018-2019