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Doctoral Program in Sociology

The Ph.D. program which was launched Fall 2008 emphasizes research and instruction in social inequality.

The Ph.D. program in Sociology will address some of the most pressing public concerns including access to health care; new immigrants and barriers to their assimilation; neighborhood-level race relations; educational attainment for first-generation college students and social and environmental sustainability. The application deadline to be admitted for Fall 2016 is January 15, 2016.  Please note that the university is moving toward a one-stop application process which will be finalized and available for prospective students in September.

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  • Students with a BA/BS, may enter the Ph.D. program, but they will have to complete the requirements for a Master's Degree program, first.  Please visit our Master's program page for information.
  • Students with a master's degree from a discipline other than sociology will need to complete the following sociology core graduate courses in their first year (Soc 590, Soc 591, Soc 592, Soc 593). Similar courses taken in other disciplines may be transferred. Transfer credits will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
  • Applicants must have taken the GRE exam (This is a new requirement).

Sociology Ph.D.

Candidates for the Ph.D. in Sociology must earn a minimum of 54 hours in graduate coursework including 15 credits in core sociology courses, 12 elective credits (8 may be taken in other departments), and 27 dissertation credits.



Soc 528/628 Gender Inequality


Soc 584/684 Social Inequality


Soc 695 Advanced Methods in Sociology


Soc 507/607 Proseminar


  Total Credit Hours: 15

Soc 507/607 (Course must be taken three times)


(at least 4 credits in sociology)

  Total Credit Hours: 12


(includes proposal, research project and comprehensive exam)

Soc 603 Dissertation


  Total Credit Hours: 27

Total Credit Hours: 54

All candidates for the Ph.D. in Sociology must complete a minimum of 81 credits beyond the bachelor's degree.