The Department of Sociology offers a PhD in sociology, either for students coming directly from their bachelor’s (“Fast Track”), in which an MA is awarded en route, or for students who already have a master’s. The department does not offer a terminal MA degree.
In order to be eligible to apply for either program, students should:
- Be able to provide evidence of your ability to do graduate-level work based upon past academic performance, GRE scores, motivation, character, professional goals, and promise for success. In addition to your grades and test scores, these can be addressed in your statement of interest and letters of recommendation, preferably from faculty members who can speak to your ability to do graduate-level work.
- Have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.00.
- Have satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (the general exam, not the specific sociology exam). We have no minimum score. However, the higher your score, the better your chances of admission. Keep in mind that when we are making admission decisions we look at your entire record for evidence of potential to successfully complete a competitive and rigorous graduate program.
If you already have a master’s, the admissions process will take into account (1) if your degree was in sociology, and/or if you have a strong background in sociological theory, research methods, and statistics. And (2) if you have a thesis or significant evidence of research/analytical skills in samples of other work. Overall, we want to make sure you can excel in our rigorous core courses in these areas. If you want to make sure you are up to speed, you may enroll as a "non-admitted graduate student" in SOC 621 Classical Theory, SOC 622 Modern Sociological Theory, SOC 603 Techniques of Social Research, or SOC 604 Statistical Methods for the Social Sciences. Please keep in mind these courses will not be counted in your graduate degree program once you are admitted. Also, see the Graduate College statement on "Evidence of Adequate Preparation."
These are the minimum requirements. Admission to the program is competitive and we only admit a limited number of students each year.