Overview

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 choose primary and secondary concentrations. The primary substantive area must come from one of the three following departmental specializations:

  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 develop secondary concentrations that meet unique research interests and career objectives. Assistantships 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 grade point averages (GPA), letters of recommendation, and statements of purpose.  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. Alternatively, applicants may submit ISLETS results; the minimum score should be 6.5. 

Curriculum Requirements

Course requirements for students WITH a M.A. in Sociology from UM:1

UM M.A. in Sociology31
SOC 602Contemporary Sociological Theory3
SOC 610Advanced Research Methods 23
or SOC 613 Qualitative Research Methods
SOC 622Teaching Seminar in Sociology3
Three courses toward the primary substantive area9
Two courses toward the secondary substantive area6
Dissertation Work: 312
Pre-Candidacy Doctoral Dissertation
Post-Candidacy Doctoral Dissertation
Additional Requirements
Students must pass a comprehensive written examination in the primary substantive area
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 Hours67

Curriculum Requirements

Course requirements for students WITHOUT a M.A. in Sociology from UM but with a master's degree in Sociology or related field: 1

NOTE: A master's degree in Sociology (non-UM) or related area is required for admission and a minimum of 60 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree is required for the Ph.D. including the following:
SOC 601Classical Sociological Theory 33
SOC 602Contemporary Sociological Theory3
SOC 604Proseminar in Sociology1
SOC 609Social Statistics 33
SOC 610Advanced Research Methods 33
SOC 611Advanced Sociological Statistical Analysis I3
SOC 613Qualitative Research Methods 33
SOC 622Teaching Seminar in Sociology3
Three courses toward the primary substantive area9
Two courses toward the secondary substantive area6
Dissertation Work: 212
Pre-Candidacy Doctoral Dissertation
Post-Candidacy Doctoral Dissertation
Additional Requirements
Students must pass a written comprehensive examination in the primary substantive area
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 Hours49

Substantive Area Coursework Requirements

All Ph.D. students are required to select primary and secondary substantive areas. The primary area requires the successful completion of both nine (9) credits of relevant coursework and of a comprehensive examination. The secondary area requires the successful completion of two courses (6 credits) without a comprehensive exam. Although students are encouraged to select both primary and secondary areas from the fields of Criminology; Medical Sociology; and Race, Ethnic Relations and Immigration, they have the option of selecting the secondary area from outside of these three standing areas. If an option other than Criminology; Medical Sociology; or Race, Ethnic Relations and Immigration is chosen, a detailed and persuasive proposal must be submitted to and accepted by the Graduate Committee before the student begins any coursework in this area.  Check with the Graduate Director about the content and structure of this proposal. No more than three (3) credit hours of independent study (SOC 690) or out-of-department coursework will count toward the completion of a substantive area without prior approval from the Graduate Committee. In addition, no single course may count toward two substantive areas.

Primary Area Course Requirements

Criminology Courses9
SOC 670Theories in Criminology and Criminal Justice (required)3
SOC 672Research in Crime and Delinquency (required)3
SOC 692Special Topics and Current Issues in Criminology 13
Medical Sociology Courses9
SOC 635Medical Sociology: Issues in Research and Theory. (required)3
Any two courses from the following:6
Social Psychology of Health and Illness
Health Diversity Across the Life Course
Special Topics and Current Issues in Medical Sociology
Race, Ethnic Relations and Immigration Courses9
SOC 652Theories of Race and Ethnic Relations (required)3
Any two courses from the following:6
Social Analysis of Race Relations
Race Relations: Social Psychological Perspectives
Special Topics and Current Issues in Race/Ethnic Relations

Secondary Area Course Requirements

Criminology Courses6
SOC 670Theories in Criminology and Criminal Justice3
or SOC 672 Research in Crime and Delinquency
One additional criminology course3
Medical Sociology Courses6
SOC 635Medical Sociology: Issues in Research and Theory.3
One additional course from the following:3
Social Psychology of Health and Illness
Health Diversity Across the Life Course
Special Topics and Current Issues in Medical Sociology
Race, Ethnic Relations and Immigration Courses6
Any two courses from the following:6
Social Analysis of Race Relations
Race Relations: Social Psychological Perspectives
Theories of Race and Ethnic Relations
Special Topics and Current Issues in Race/Ethnic Relations

Sample Plan of Study

Ph.D. WITH an MA from University of Miami:

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
Substantive Area Course 3
Substantive Area Course 3
SOC 622 Teaching Seminar in Sociology 3
 Credit Hours9
Spring
SOC 610 or 613 Advanced Research Methods
or Qualitative Research Methods
3
SOC 602 Contemporary Sociological Theory 3
Substantive Area Course 3
 Credit Hours9
Year Two
Fall
Substantive Area Course 3
Substantive Area Course 3
SOC 830 Pre-Candidacy Doctoral Dissertation 3
 Credit Hours9
Spring
SOC 830 Pre-Candidacy Doctoral Dissertation 3
SOC 840 Post-Candidacy Doctoral Dissertation 6
 Credit Hours9
Year Three
Fall
SOC 840 Post-Candidacy Doctoral Dissertation 1
 Credit Hours1
Spring
SOC 840 Post-Candidacy Doctoral Dissertation 1
 Credit Hours1
 Total Credit Hours38

Sample Plan of Study

Students WITHOUT an MA in Sociology from University of Miami but with a master's degree in Sociology or related field: 

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
SOC 601 Classical Sociological Theory 3
SOC 604 Proseminar in Sociology 1
SOC 609 Social Statistics 3
SOC 622 Teaching Seminar in Sociology 3
 Credit Hours10
Spring
SOC 602 Contemporary Sociological Theory 3
SOC 610 Advanced Research Methods 3
SOC 611 Advanced Sociological Statistical Analysis I 3
 Credit Hours9
Year Two
Fall
Substantive Area Course 3
Substantive Area Course 3
Substantive Area Course 3
 Credit Hours9
Spring
SOC 613 Qualitative Research Methods 3
Substantive Area Course 3
Substantive Area Course 3
 Credit Hours9
Year Three
Fall
SOC 830 Pre-Candidacy Doctoral Dissertation 6
SOC 840 Post-Candidacy Doctoral Dissertation 3
 Credit Hours9
Spring
SOC 840 Post-Candidacy Doctoral Dissertation 3
 Credit Hours3
 Total Credit Hours49

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.