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The Department of Sociology engages students in research broadly related to culture, place, and/or environment. In our PhD program, the core of graduate training is in classical and contemporary theory and quantitative and qualitative research methods. Students have considerable flexibility in selecting graduate coursework from across the university to enhance training in specific substantive areas.

Degrees Offered

Sociology, Doctor of Philosophy

On Campus

Note: The University is no longer accepting new applications for this program.

Admission Criteria

Fall deadline: January 25

  • GRE is not required for admission

Minimum Language Requirements

Click here to view the minimum English language proficiency test scores

Required Application Materials

For the Graduate School

  • Completed Graduate School online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Sociology Program

  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • GRE score report if available but it is not required
  • Statement of research interests not to exceed two pages.  Please indicate how your research fits with our broad department areas of culture, place, and/or environment
  • Copies of transcripts (it is helpful to have unofficial copies sent to the department)
  • Research paper, master’s thesis, senior thesis or term paper
  • Sociology supplemental information (built into the Graduate School online application)