Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Program

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Program

Required Courses

Please see the required courses described in the doctoral program below.


  • Graduate Theory I and II
  • Research Design
  • Advanced Quantitative Methods
  • Advanced Qualitative Methods
  • Graduate Statistics I and II

Specialization (Substantive Focus)

15 hours must be selected jointly with the student’s graduate committee

Minor or Free Electives

12 hours must be chosen jointly with the student’s major professor

Specialization (Dissertation)

20 dissertation hours

Final Course Work

After completing the Core courses, students will take a qualifying examination covering sociological theory and research methods and statistics.  Once all course work is completed, students will take a preliminary examination testing their substantive knowledge of their area of specialization.