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PhD in Sociology

The Department of Sociology offers only a PhD. We do not admit students to a terminal master's degree; however, students in the PhD program may earn a master’s degree on the way to their doctorate.

PhD Program at a Glance
  • Job placement rate: 94%
  • Average cohort size: 10
  • Number of active students in program: 66
  • Typical funding guarantee: 5 years    

Graduate students and faculty in the sociology department often focus their work in one or more research specialties.

PhD Degree Requirements

For your PhD, you will be expected to meet the following requirements:

  • 14 credits of core requirements, 3 credits of advanced methods
  • 12 credits from outside the sociology department related to your course of study
  • 12 sociology credits
  • 24 thesis credits
  • Reading list
  • Completion of preliminary written and oral exams
  • Prospectus hearing
  • Completion of the dissertation
  • Final oral dissertation defense
Equity & Diversity in Sociology

We strive to provide a supportive environment for student scholars from varying racial, ethnic, religious, social class, sexual identity, and national backgrounds.

Master’s Option

Students interested in completing a master’s degree along the way may do so. A Plan B project is completed via the written and oral preliminary exams.

Graduate Minor in Sociology

If you are pursuing a graduate degree in another department, you may minor in sociology. Contact Becky Drasin, sociology's graduate program associate, for more information about our graduate minor.

CLA’s Graduate Programs Office offers graduate students access to funding resources, health and supportive services, diversity initiatives, and other valuable information.