Graduate degree program requirements

MASTER OF ARTS DEGREE

Admission: Completed bachelor's degree; three letters of recommendation; GRE scores; writing sample; Statement of Purpose

Course Requirements: Completion of 32 semester credits of which include completion of the core courses (graduate Professional and Ethical Issues in Sociology, Quantitative Methods in Sociology, Multivariate Techniques, and Early sociological Thought) with at least a 3.00 grade-point average, at least 6 hours of thesis work, and the completion of a mater’s thesis with successful oral defense.

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DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY DEGREE

Admission: Completed M.A. degree in sociology or equivalent; three letters of recommendation; GRE scores; writing sample; Statement of Purpose

Course Requirements: Students must complete 32 hours of coursework, including the graduate Professional and Ethical Issues in Sociology, Quantitative Methods in Sociology, Early Sociological Theory, Multivariate Analysis, College Teaching, Advanced Data Analysis, Contemporary Social Thought,  Qualitative Methodology, 9 — 12 credits in specialty area, and 30 credits of dissertation. No more than five credits of independent study or readings may apply toward these 30 credits. 

Comprehensive Examinations: Ph.D. students must pass a doctoral comprehensive exam in one major and one minor area. We have nine exam areas: criminology, deviance, families, gender, medical, mental health, race, social class, and social psychology.

Dissertation: Students must complete 30 hours of dissertation credit hours as they complete and defend their dissertation

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