Summary of Credits and Requirements for Sociology Ph.D. Student with Previous Non-SOC MA Approved

This is a summary of the required credits and other requirements, instituted as of Spring 2017, for the student who has already had a previous MA approved by the GPC.  If you have a previous MA, and it has not been approved, then you will be completing both the MA and the Ph.D. and should see the summary for students completing both degrees.

This summary applies to the 2014 and later cohorts. 
(Option for earlier cohorts.  If in an earlier cohort, check with the Graduate Program Advisor about your individual plan as stated in your transition plan.)

Ph.D. Requirements for Students with Approved Outside M.A. Degrees:

A. 19 Required Course Credits (15 graded, 4 non-graded):
                      Course  Graded Non-Graded           
Theory SOC 510 3  
Methods SOC 508 (428) 3  
Methods SOC 504 (424) 3  
Methods SOC 505 (425) 3  
Methods SOC 506 (426) 3  
Proseminar SOC 501   1
Proseminar SOC 501   1
Proseminar SOC 501   1
TA Preparation & Conference GRDSCH 501   1


Complete Ph.D. minimum of 4 graded Sociology Elective Courses, beyond the required first year courses:

  • TWO of these 4 courses may be included in your Ph.D. Training Plan
  • Minimum of 12 credits


Ph.D. Training Plan (approved by advisor, submitted to GPC):

Set of 4 methods / skills / knowledge courses plus written rationale.

Focused on particular advanced methodological skills (broadly defined) or knowledge necessary to undertake your planned dissertations.  Courses should be somewhat distinct from the topic of your comprehensive exam.

  • 2 of these 4 courses may be applied towards the minimum 4 graded Sociology Electives listed as requirement B above.
D. Pass a Comprehensive Exam
E. Minimum of 27 Required Dissertation Credits (SOC 800) 
F. Pass a General Exam (prospectus defense)

Pass a Final Exam, Complete All Edits, and Submit Final Dissertation

Submit final, approved dissertation and abstract copies, and any other required paperwork to the Department and to the Graduate School.  See relevant pages on web site for specific guidelines.

Minimum Graded + Non-Graded UW Credits 60
Credits applied from M.A. at another institution** 30
Total Minimum Credits for the Ph.D. 90

Additional requirements for the Ph.D. degree:

**  Holders of a non-UW M.A. degree may apply these credits only with the approval of the UW Sociology Department.  Please see procedure online for approval of M.A.’s earned outside of UW Sociology.