The Department of Sociology offers graduate programs leading to a Master of Arts (MA) ( and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Sociology. The programs place special emphasis on training students in sociological theorizing and research methods, and prepare students for academic and applied research, teaching, and applied sociology, among others.                                                                                             

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Sociology program consists of 36 units of graduate work for students who have a master's degree in Sociology, and 63 units for those who completed their master’s degree in another field.

Students who completed their master's (MA) in Sociology are required to complete:                                                               

6 units of sociological theory
6 units of research methodology
6 units of sociology electives
6 units of graduate courses in other disciplines
12 units of dissertation

Students who completed their master's in another field or discipline are required to complete:

12 units of sociological theory
12 units of research methodology
18 units of sociology electives
6 units of graduate courses in other disciplines
3 units of Social Science 201 (Statistics for Social Sciences) or its equivalent
12 units of dissertation

Ph.D. students are expected to pass a comprehensive examination before they can proceed with proposal defense, dissertation research and writing, and dissertation defense.



Due to our current public health situation, the Department of Sociology has adjusted the process and requirements to apply to its MA Sociology and PhD Sociology programs only for 1st Semester 2021-22. Please read the complete guidelines, including adjusted deadline here:



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