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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 2015 is January 16, 2015.  Please click the link to the left of this page to access the online application instructions and entry into the application program.  

Please note that this is not an online Ph.D. program.


  • Ph.D. Students must have completed a master's degree prior to beginning the Ph.D. program.

  • 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.

After Admission to the Doctoral Program:

  • Minimum of 51 hours in graduate coursework including 8 credits in core sociology courses, 16 elective credits (8 may be in other departments), and 27 dissertation credits.

  • Courses taken in other disciplines may be transferred to meet the elective requirement and transfer credits will be reviewed on a case by case basis under advisement.

Required Courses

Credit Hours

SOC 684 Social Inequality Seminar


SOC 695 Advanced Research Methods


Four 600 level electives (at least 2 in sociology)


Dissertation (includes proposal, research project and comphrensive exam)


Total Ph.D. Hours