Our graduate programs are capable of meeting the diverse intellectual needs of most students. The programs emphasize faculty expertise and interest in three designated areas of departmental concentration. An Advanced Issues course is offered every year in each of these departmental concentrations:
Students with particular backgrounds and interests in these areas are encouraged to apply. Because individual faculty members may have some research interests that do not obviously fall within the three concentrations, students should be sure to make their own interests known to the faculty.
MA in Sociology
The chief requirement of the program is a thesis carried out under faculty supervision. All students take the MA seminar and two elective courses, and complete an area essay examination.
While the program can be completed in one year, most students take 18-24 months.
PhD in Sociology
The chief requirement of the program is a thesis carried out under faculty supervision. While the program is tailored to individual students’ interests, all students normally take the PhD seminar and five additional courses in their first year, and write comprehensive examinations in their second year.