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A thesis for the doctoral degree must constitute original scholarship and must be a distinct contribution to knowledge. It must show familiarity with previous work in the field and must demonstrate ability to plan and carry out research, organize results, and defend the approach and conclusions in a scholarly manner. The research presented must meet current standards of the discipline; as well, the thesis must clearly demonstrate how the research advances knowledge in the field. Finally, the thesis must be written in compliance with norms for academic and scholarly expression and for publication in the public domain.

Required Courses (3 credits)

Ph.D. candidates must take examinations in two subfields of Sociology. These fields will be chosen from the Department's areas of specialization.

SOCI 505 (3) Quantitative Methods 2
SOCI 700 (0) Ph.D. Area Examination 1
SOCI 701 (0) Ph.D. Area Examination 2
SOCI 702 (0) Ph.D. Proposal Approval
SOCI 703 (0) Bibliographic Methods 3
SOCI 704 (0) Bibliographic Methods 4

Complementary Courses (27 credits)

(15-27 credits)

Five substantive courses at the 500, 600, or 700 level offered by the Department subject to the approval of the Graduate Committee.

Students who have not taken the courses listed below must make up the deficiencies in addition to the regular coursework:

SOCI 504 (3) Quantitative Methods 1
SOCI 540 (3) Qualitative Research Methods
SOCI 580 (3) Social Research Design and Practice
SOCI 652 (3) Current Sociological Theory

If you are admitted at the Ph.D. 1 level and an exemption is obtained for one or more of the four courses above or SOCI 505, another one must then be substituted in its place. If you are admitted at the Ph.D. 2 level a substitution will only be required in the case of an exemption from SOCI 505.

Language Requirement

Ph.D. Candidates must demonstrate ability to read French with high proficiency or to read another language relevant to their field of research. The language requirement should be met by the end of the third year and may be satisfied by taking an approved French language course(s) at the French Language Centre at McGill, or by a written examination in the Department or by exemption.

Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2012-2013 (last updated Nov. 22, 2012) (disclaimer)