PhD in Sociology & Sociology of Law, Criminology, and Justice


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
  • A PhD takes 6-7 years to complete

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 qualitative 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 at, sociology's graduate program associate, for more information about our graduate minor.

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College Resources for Graduate Students

Visit CLA’s website for graduate students to learn about collegiate funding opportunities, student support, career services, and more.

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