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Joint M.A./Ph.D. Program

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Applicants with Bachelor's degrees in Sociology (or related fields) wishing to complete the requirements for both the Master's and Doctoral degrees in Sociology must:

  1. Submit scores on the verbal, quantitative, and analytical sections of the Graduate Record Examination.
  2. Complete the supplementary application form.
  3. Submit three (3) letters of recommendation from faculty personally acquainted with the applicant's academic achievements.
  4. Submit a sample of written scholarly work (e.g., a term/research paper or scholarly publication).

We do not have a terminal Master's degree program. We admit students with only a Bachelor’s degree into our Joint MA/PhD program.  In this program, students earn their Master’s degree after two years of course work and successful completion of a Master’s thesis.  They then continue directly into the PhD program without reapplying.  After completion of the MA, students are not required to remain to complete the PhD.  Although most students do so, some choose to continue with their PhD work elsewhere or move on to other pursuits entirely.

We admit students who have completed a Master's degree in Sociology elsewhere directly into our PhD-Only program.  We will also consider applications to our PhD-Only program from students with Master’s degrees in other social science fields.  Students with Master’s degrees outside the social sciences are invited to apply to our Joint MA/PhD program.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

The Joint M.A./Ph.D. Program is a 90 credit hour degree program beyond the Bachelor's degree (52 credit hours of course work and 38 credit hours of non-course work including thesis research hours, and dissertation research hours). If a student needs to take Soci 3010: Social Statistics, Soci 3020: Research Methods, and/or Soci 3030: Sociological Theory (or their equivalents, as determined by the Director of Graduate Studies), these courses must be taken as non-credit prerequisites for Soci 8010, Soci 8020, and Soci 8030. The Joint M.A./Ph.D. Program consists of a Master's Core (A), Master's Electives (B), Other Master's Requirements (C), Doctoral Core (D), Doctoral Specialty Core (E, F, or G), Doctoral Electives (H), and Other Doctoral Requirements (I).

Joint M.A. / Ph.D. Graduation Requirements

A. Master's Core Course Work (12 hours):
Soci 8000: Proseminar in Sociology (3)
Soci 8010: Intermediate Social Statistics (3)
Soci 8020: Research Methodology (3)
Soci 8030: Sociological Theory I (3)

B. Master's Elective Course Work (12 hours or 4 courses):
Students with post-Bachelor's degree course work from other accredited (non-online) institutions may petition to transfer up to 6 hours (2 courses) of course work towards the M.A. degree following petition to, and approval by, the departmental Director of Graduate Studies and the Office of Graduate Studies of the College of Arts and Sciences. With the approval of the departmental Director of Graduate Studies, up to 3 hours (one course) may be taken in a related field or fields and/or up to 3 hours of Soci 8970: Directed Readings may be taken.

C. Other Master's Requirements (6 hours of non-course work):
Soci 8999: Thesis Research
A thesis proposal
A thesis and oral defense.

D. Doctoral Core Course Work (13 hours):
Soci 8342: Qualitative Methods (3)
Soci 9010: Multivariate Data Analysis (4)
Soci 9020: Advanced Research Methodology (3)
Soci 9030: Sociological Theory II (3)

E. Family, Health and Life Course (FLC) Specialty Core Course Work (6 hours):
Soci 8101: Family Sociology (3)
Soci 8102: Life Course Sociology (3)
Soci 9230: Sociology of Health & Illness (3)

F. Gender and Sexuality (GS) Specialty Core Course Work (6 hours):
Soci 8216: Gender and Society (3)
Soci 8156: Sexuality and Society (3)

G. Race and Urban Studies (RUS) Specialty Core Course Work (6 hours):
Soci 8212: Race and Ethnic Relations (3)
Soci 8226: Urban Sociology (3)

H. Doctoral Elective Course Work (9 hours or 3 courses):
With the approval of the departmental Director of Graduate Studies, up to 3 hours (one course) may be taken in a related field or fields and/or up to 3 hours of Soci 8970: Directed Readings may be taken.

I. Other Doctoral Requirements (32 hours of non-course work):
Soci 9999: Dissertation Research (17)
Written doctoral exams
Dissertation proposal
A dissertation and oral defense.