A Ph.D. in SOCIOLOGY requires:

  1. An M.A. or M.S. degree is required.
  2. A minimum of 42 credit hours beyond the M.A. or M.S. degree
  3. Passing two written substantive area examinations.
  4. The completion of a publishable-quality paper.
  5. Admission to candidacy.
  6. Written presentation and oral defense of an acceptable dissertation.
  7. The satisfactory completion of the requirements of the Graduate School as stated in this Bulletin.

For more details, consult the Guide to Graduate Study in Sociology available through the Sociology Department  www.as.miami.edu/sociology/

Course requirements for students WITH a M.A. in Sociology from UM:

SOC 602Contemporary Sociological Theory3
SOC 612Sociological Statistics II3
SOC 610Advanced Research Methods or3
Qualitative Research Methods 1
SOC 615Class Structure and Social Stratification or3
Social Psychology: Sociological Perspectives 1
SOC 622Teaching Seminar in Sociology3
Three courses toward a substantive area of concentration.9
Three courses toward a second substantive area of concentration9
Dissertation Work: 12
Pre-Candidacy Doctoral Dissertation 2
Post-Candidacy Doctoral Dissertation
Total Credit Hours45

 The course taken for the Ph.D. must be different from the course taken for the M.A. degree.


 A maximum of 6 Pre-Candidacy Doctoral Dissertation  credit hours may be taken.


In reference of the 45 total credits  hours, it is anticipated that three credit hours will have been taken as electives at the M.A. level.


 Students with an MA or MS from another institution are required to complete additional core courses as part of their program.