Ph.D. Requirements

In order to begin the PhD portion of the program, you need to:

The PhD requires 90 credits of graduate level of coursework. Here is a summary of coursework and the milestones for the PhD portion of the program:

Coursework: completed non-sequentially

4 graded Sociology Elective Courses (minimum)

  • Should be 500-level or approved 400-level
  • Courses taken as electives for MA count towards this requirement
  • Minimum of 12 credits
  • These electives do not include the first year required coursework 

4 Course Ph.D. Training Plan 

  • 2 of these 4 courses can overlap with the 4 graded Sociology Electives.

Minimum of 27 dissertation credits (SOC 800) 

Exams: completed sequentially

Pass a Comprehensive Exam

Pass the General Exam (prospectus defense)

Pass the Final Exam (dissertation defense)

Additional requirements for the Ph.D. degree:

  • GPA of 3.3
  • Appoint your Supervisory Committee
  • Submit approved dissertation to the Graduate School and Department