The online admissions application opens on October 1st annually. The deadline for beginning the application process (with payment) is December 1st. The deadline to complete your application (upload all supporting documents) is December 15th.




Application Method: On-line
Application Fee: $120.00 CDN
Application Available: October 1
Application Deadline: December 15. Please note that this is the deadline by which all application materials must be received. The application fee must be paid by December 1 in order to give your referees ample time to prepare and submit their reference letters by the December 15th deadline.No exceptions will be made for missing either deadline.
Available Programs: Master of Arts (M.A.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Fields of Study: Please click here to view the eight (8) areas of specialization within the Department of Sociology, along with the faculty members associated with each.
Collaborative Programs: The Department of Sociology is involved in ten (10) collaborative programs.
Graduate Faculty: Faculty at all three (3) campuses participate fully in the Sociology Graduate Program. Cross Appointments, Sociologists in other departments and Professors Emeriti may sit on Graduate Committees, but cannot serve as Graduate Supervisors. For information about these faculty members, please visit the the Faculty List.
Admissions Links: School of Graduate
Studies (SGS) Admissions Guide

Online Application



Supporting Documents

Please note that all supporting documents are submitted on-line, including letters of recommendation and transcript of grades. Admission decisions are based on grades and indications of superior qualifications such as letters of recommendation and a sample of the applicant's work. Once you have paid the application fee, the following supporting documents must be uploaded to your application:

  1. Academic Letters of Reference: Two (2) letters of reference from instructors or research supervisors are required. Reference letters are independently written by faculty. Once payment has been made, an electronic invitation will be sent to your referees, directing them to an on-line form, where they can submit their reference letter on-line. For this reason, it is important that you provide an up-to-date institutional email address for your referees in the on-line application form.
  2. Writing Sample: A paper (10-25 pages, including summary) which the student feels represents his or her best work must be uploaded. A combination of two smaller papers is permitted in order to meet the minimum requirement.
  3. Statement of Interest: A typed statement of interest (no more than 1 typed page) indicating research interests and reasons for applying to study Sociology at the University of Toronto is required. PhD applicants should make reference to the appropriate sociological literature and University of Toronto faculty expertise.
  4. Academic Transcripts: All applicants are required to upload one electronic or scanned transcript from each post-secondary institution attended. Scanned copies of transcripts must be up to date and must include the "legend" which is usually printed on the back of the paper transcript. Please ensure the file is complete and readable before submitting. Official transcript will be requested from students who are short-listed for admission. You will be contacted by the department if official (hard copy) transcripts are needed. Applicants who attended universities outside North America will be asked to provide notarized English translations to accompany all foreign documentation not written in English.
  5. Curriculum Vitae (CV): Applicants are required to submit a CV.
  6. English Language Proficiency Scores (if applicable): Applicants educated outside Canada whose primary language is not English must demonstrate their facility in English by completing one of the following tests: These scores must be self-reported on your online application and official results must be sent directly to the  University.  English proficiency is determined by the School of Graduate Studies. The Department of Sociology adheres to the SGS minimum requirements for proficiency and relies on the School of Graduate Studies to assess all non-standard cases. Please contact the School of Graduate Studies for any further questions regarding this requirement.




International Students


Applicants educated at non-Canadian institutions should note that their educational background will be assessed for equivalency with a University of Toronto degree. Unfortunately the Department of Sociology does not have the resources to pre-screen applications. Please consult the International Degree Equivalencies Chart to determine if your international degree is considered equivalent. More information is available at the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) Admissions Information page.





Degree of Master of Arts (M.A.)


Applicants should have taken the equivalent of five full-year courses in Sociology and have a four-year B.A. or its equivalent. They must also have at least an overall B+ average in each of the last two years of post-secondary education. Applicants are also expected to have acquired basic research and statistical skills. 


Degree of Doctor of Philosophy(Ph.D.) 


An applicant must hold an M.A. degree (in Sociology or a related field), and must have attained an overall average of at least A-. All students must demonstrate that their M.A., or equivalent, included course work equivalent to Classical Social Theory, Social Statistics, and Qualitative Methods I. If students do not have courses equivalent to those three courses, they will be required to take these courses in addition to the regular Ph.D. requirements. 

Although extremely rare, the Department may recommend admission directly after completion of a four year B.A. degree. Direct entry of this kind will only be recommended for outstanding students who have provided a clear and detailed plan for thesis research. Students who enter the doctoral program directly from a four-year B.A. will be required to take the three half-courses that are required at the M.A. level in addition to the standard Ph.D. requirements.



How are Admissions Decisions Made?


The admissions process is highly competitive. Decisions are made by the Sociology Department Fellowship and Admissions Committee. This is a five-person committee chaired by the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies and four faculty members representing different areas in the department. Committee members review the complete file of all applicants to the department. Decisions are based on whether the applicant meets the academic criteria, strength of support in the letters of recommendation, quality of writing sample and the statement of interest. The statement of interests of all applicants is evaluated to determine whether they will be able to receive sufficient support and supervision from faculty members given their research interests. In short, the Committee takes into full consideration all documents submitted to ensure that academic standards and the research interests of applicants are met.



1. What time does the system close on the application deadline date?
The system will close at 11:59PM EST on December 15 but we recommend that applicants try to meet the deadline by 5:00PM EST as staff are not available beyond this time. Please note that this deadline applies to the online submission of all supporting documents, including letters of reference.
2. Do I mail official transcripts to the department by the deadline?
No. The Department of Sociology will contact students from whom they require official transcripts. You only need to upload scans of academic results or "issued to student" transcripts (along with legend or grading guide) from all post-secondary institutions attended.
3. Why haven't my referees received an electronic invitation to submit a letter of recommendation online?
Your referees will receive an electronic invitation only once you've paid the application fee. Referees are advised to check their 'junk mail folder' and ensure that they do not have a 'pop up blocker' installed, as this email may be incorrectly identified as spam. If they still do not receive an email request, please contact  to request that another e-mail request be sent to your referee.
4. Can I make changes to my application before the deadline but after it has been submitted online?

Once the application fee has been paid, you cannot make any changes to your application. Once documents have been submitted online you cannot make any changes to these documents. If you have discovered an error in the document that you have uploaded, please contact .
5. Is there a section in the application that requests applicants to list their publications or other academic contributions?
No, there is not. If you wish to include such information it will need to be included in your one-page statement of interest/letter of intent.
6. Why does my online application still show that  I have documents pending? I submitted my documents weeks ago.
The status of your online application will remain as "documents pending" until the status of your application is manually changed to "under review". This will only occur after the application deadline. It is the applicant's responsibility to read the above application instructions to determine what materials must be submitted.

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