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PhD in Sociology

A PhD in Sociology prepares students for careers in teaching and/or research, in both academic and applied settings.

A total of 42 credit hours is required beyond the master’s degree: at least 30 hours of graded graduate coursework (including at least three additional credit hours in advanced methods training beyond the Master’s level core requirements) and up to 12 hours of thesis guidance. Unless taken during the master’s program in the Department of Sociology at UB, PhD course work must also include the required core courses in Sociology: two courses in statistics, one course in methods, and two courses in theory. A minimum grade of B must be earned in required courses. In addition, a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 in all coursework and a residency requirement of 24 credit hours must be met.

For completion of the PhD degree, students must pass two qualifying exams in Departmental areas of specialization, and conduct research, write up, and successfully defend a dissertation that demonstrates independent scholarship and which makes a contribution to the discipline. They are expected to defend a dissertation prospectus that outlines their planned research and to initiate work on a dissertation topic under the guidance of their dissertation director and committee, usually during the second or third year in the PhD program.

PhD students are eligible to earn a Micro-Credential in Applied Social Research.

PhD students may be eligible to compete for the Department’s teaching and research awards:
Adeline Gordon Levine Excellence in Teaching Award
Nathalie D. Howe Award Graduate Student Paper Award

Detailed information about the PhD degree, including requirements, policies, qualifying exams, the dissertation, and coursework can be found in the Department’s Graduate Handbook.

Application information
Learn about recent graduates of our PhD program

For questions or more information, contact:

Dr. Mary Nell Trautner, Director of Graduate Studies
446 Park Hall