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Sociology (PHD) 
Program Description

The School of Sociology offers advanced degree programs that prepare students for careers in research and teaching. Only students who expect to obtain the Ph.D. degree are typically admitted. Graduate Program in Sociology lead to the Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Students combine study of the basic theories and methods of sociological inquiry with concentration in one or more of the following areas: culture; economic sociology; environment; health and medicine; law and society; organizations; political sociology (collective action and social movements, political institutions, world systems); social inequalities (gender, race and ethnicity, and stratification), and social networks. Arizona's tradition of excellence in instruction, mentoring and research prepare graduate students well for lifetime careers in sociology, and our graduates are competititve in national labor markets for sociology PhDs.

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School of Sociology -

The School of Sociology at the University of Arizona houses a highly ranked Ph.D. program in Sociology, a B.A. in Sociology, a new B.S. in Care, Health, and Society. We maintain our commitment to being a first-rate research program in sociology.  We also offer a M.A. degree but only to graduate students who are enrolled in our Ph.D. program.  We do not offer a terminal M.A..

The School of Sociology at Arizona has a history of excellence in research and teaching, and has long been a wellspring of innovation in theory and methods. Sociology explores and analyzes issues vital to our own lives, our communities, our nation, and the world. The undergraduate major provides a foundation for careers in many professional fields, and for graduate training as a sociologist in academia, government, business, or community agencies.

Our graduate training prepares students for careers in research and teaching. The school is widely recognized as one of the top programs in the United States. Our faculty includes senior members who are nationally and internationally acknowledged authorities in their fields, and some of the best young scholars in the country.

College of Social & Behavioral Sciences  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Admissions Contact
Raquel Leal Fareio
Graduate Program Coordinator
Raquel Leal Fareio
Director of Graduate Studies
Joseph J Galaskiewicz
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Cindy T Nguyen
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

The Application Deadline for Fall 2019 admission is January 5th, 2019. Late applications will not be accepted.

Standardized Tests

Required test(s): GRE
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Minimum TOEFL: 630
Minimum IELTS: 7

Financial Aid

Teaching and Research Assistantships
Graduate College Fellowships
Tuition and Registration Scholarships

Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

  • Fall: January 5 (for Fall 2019 admission)

International Applicants:

  • Fall: January 5 (for Fall 2019 admission)
International Conditional Admission
International applicants may be considered for conditional admission to this program at the department's discretion.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832
ETS Major Field Code(s) for this program: 2102
NRC Taxon(a) for this program: Sociology

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

Minumum credits: 6
Core coursework: The Master's Degree in Sociology requires a total of thirty-one (31) units of credit for 500-level courses in sociology, excluding units of independent study, and including the core courses:
Soc 500a Sociological Theory 3 units
Soc 570a and 570b Social Statistics 6 units (total)
Soc 575 Social Research Methods 3 units
Soc 595a Intro to Graduate Study in Sociology 1 unit 

Soc 595b Presentation Workshop 1 unit
Soc 596c Teachinig Practicum 1 unit

Language requirements: Not required.
Other requirements: PhD: Four substantive seminars, one elective course in advanced methods

Total credits required for the Ph.D.: 53, plus 18 Dissertation credits (Soc 920)

Minor Requirements

Graduate students who major in a department other than Sociology can fulfill the requirements for a minor in Sociology by: (1) Completing with a grade of B or better 12 hours of 500-level Sociology courses or their equivalent. All such courses must be taken after admission to graduate training, and 9 hours must be completed in this department. (2) Passing a written comprehensive examination in one substantive area of sociology. A student may take the examination on completion of the 12 hours described above or, at the discretion of the Director of Graduate Studies, at any time during the semester in which he or she is registered for the courses necessary to complete the 12-hour requirement. With the advice and consent of the Director of Graduate Studies in Sociology, the student may designate the appropriate area for the examination and identify the professors in the School best suited to conduct the examination.

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Program StatisticsInformation about these numbers

Program-level Information
Application Acceptance Rate 22%
Med. Time-to-degree (years) 7.50
Department-level Information
Enrollment Percent Male 35%
Enrollment Percent Female 65%
Enrollment Percent International 27%
Enrollment Percent URM 10%

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Last revised 21 Jun 2018