Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Program

Required courses in the doctoral program are:

  • 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

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.