Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology


All graduate-level courses taken to meet requirements are taken for letter grades except for the following courses:

SOC 601Research: [Topic]1-16
SOC 603Dissertation1-16
SOC 605Reading and Conference: [Topic] 11-16
SOC 606Field Studies: [Topic]1-12
SOC 608Workshop: [Topic] (Master's Project)1-16

Doctor of Philosophy Degree Requirements

Graduate-level sociology courses75
Total Credits93

Master’s-Level Requirements

Students typically complete 55 credits of master’s-level requirements in the first six terms of full-time work. Students are awarded a master’s degree if they have completed their required courses, achieved a mid-B or better average in their graded courses, and passed the master’s paper requirement. Students who enter with a master’s degree in sociology may request substitution of as many as five courses from their previous institutions to meet programmatic requirements.

Doctoral-Level Requirements

After earning the master's degree, students take an additional 20 credits of doctoral-level course work and prepare for a comprehensive examination in a sociological subfield chosen jointly by the student and the advisor.

Upon passing the comprehensive examination, the student is advanced to PhD candidacy and begins work on the doctoral dissertation. The final product is a book-length manuscript presenting empirical research that demonstrates originality and the scholar's ability to conduct independent investigation.