The Graduate Program in Sociology at the University of Miami is intended to equip students with the theoretical, methodological, and analytical tools required for research and teaching. The Graduate Program in Sociology is designed for students seeking the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Sociology. The Master of Arts (M.A.) degree is earned during the first portion of the program . At the doctoral level, graduate students are encouraged to choose two concentrations from three substantive areas:

  1. Criminology,
  2. Race & Ethnic Relations, and Immigration
  3. Medical Sociology.

Although the strengths of the department lie within these major programmatic fields, students may also develop a course of study that meets unique research interests and career objectives. Assistantship and fellowships are awarded each academic year to cover tuition and living expenses.

For more details, consult the Guide to Graduate Study in Sociology available through the Sociology Department.

Admission Requirements

All incoming graduate students are admitted to the Ph.D. program and must be committed to pursuing the Ph.D. degree. The Graduate Program in Sociology at the University of Miami does not accept students who aspire to earn a terminal M.A. degree.

All applicants to the Ph.D. program are evaluated across several indicators of academic potential, including Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, grade point averages (GPA), letters of recommendation, and statements of purpose. All applicants should score a minimum of 1,000 (at least 450 in each of the verbal and math sections) on the GRE (under the old scoring system; under the new GRE scoring system the approximate equivalents are a minimum of 297 total, with scores of at least 141 on the quantitative section and 150 on the verbal section). Applicants without graduate experience are expected to have a minimum overall GPA of 3.20 in undergraduate coursework. Applicants with graduate experience are expected to have a minimum overall GPA of 3.50 in graduate coursework. All applicants should provide three (3) letters of recommendation from persons who are familiar with their academic work and scholarly potential. At least two of these letters should come from professors currently or previously employed in a college or university. All applicants should provide a brief (no more than three pages), yet compelling, statement of purpose. This statement should clearly describe the applicant’s academic background, research interests, and professional goals. It should also clearly indicate how the student’s research interests are consistent with the research strengths of the department. Non-native English speakers should be prepared to demonstrate English language proficiency, as indicated by minimum scores of 80 (internet based), 213 (computer based), or 550 (paper based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination.

Curriculum Requirements

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

SOC 602Contemporary Sociological Theory3
SOC 612Sociological Statistics II3
SOC 610Advanced Research Methods3
or SOC 613 Qualitative Research Methods
SOC 615Class Structure and Social Stratification3
or SOC 616 Social Psychology: Sociological Perspectives
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
Additional Requirements
Students must pass two written substantive area examinations
Students must complete a paper of publishable quality
Students must be admitted to candidacy
Students must complete a written presentation and oral defense of an acceptable dissertation
Total Credit Hours45

Curriculum Requirements

Course requirements for students WITHOUT a M.A. in Sociology from UM:

SOC 601Classical Sociological Theory3
SOC 602Contemporary Sociological Theory3
SOC 604Proseminar in Sociology1
SOC 609Social Statistics (or Equivalent) 13
SOC 610Advanced Research Methods3
SOC 611Advanced Sociological Statistical Analysis I3
SOC 612Sociological Statistics II3
SOC 613Qualitative Research Methods3
SOC 615Class Structure and Social Stratification3
SOC 616Social Psychology: Sociological Perspectives3
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: 212
Pre-Candidacy Doctoral Dissertation
Post-Candidacy Doctoral Dissertation
Additional Requirements 1
Students must pass two written substantive area examinations
Students must complete a paper of publishable quality
Students must be admitted to candidacy
Students must complete a written presentation and oral defense of an acceptable dissertation
Total Credit Hours61

Mission

The Graduate Program in Sociology at the University of Miami is designed to equip students with the theoretical, methodological, and analytical tools required for teaching and conducting research in academic and non-academic (e.g., government and private industry) settings. This goal is accomplished through a combination of classroom learning, comprehensive exams, independent research (particularly the thesis and dissertation), and teaching undergraduate students.

 Goals

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will develop a knowledge of, and the ability to use, classic and contemporary sociological theory.
  • Students will develop knowledge of, and the ability to use, quantitative and qualitative research methods and analyses.
  • Students will develop knowledge of two sub-fields in the discipline of sociology and demonstrate the ability to work in these areas.
  • Students will develop knowledge fundamental to teaching sociology.