SOCIOLOGY - Dept. Code:  SOC


I.  Graduate Program Overview

The Graduate Program in Sociology at the University of Miami is designed to equip students with the theoretical, methodological, and analytical tools required for research and teaching. The Graduate Program in Sociology offers two graduate degrees, the Master of Arts (M.A.) and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). At the doctoral level, graduate students are encouraged to choose two concentrations from three substantive areas: (1) Criminology, (2) Race & Ethnic Relations, and (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. Assistantships and Fellowships are awarded each academic year to cover tuition and living expenses.

II. Requirements for the M.A. degree in Sociology:

A. A minimum of 31 credits at the graduate level (500 or 600) of which 6 must be taken in thesis work.
B. A maximum of 6 hours can be transferred from acceptable graduate institutions.
C. Course work must include Sociology 601, 602, 604, 610, 611, and one of 615 616 or 617.
D. 3 hours of course work may be earned in a related discipline. Such course selections must have prior departmental approval
E. Submission and successful defense of a thesis in accordance with current Graduate School policy.
F. The completion of all other requirements stated in sections of the Bulletin that specify Requirements for the Master’s Degree, and General Information.

III. Requirements for the Ph.D. in Sociology:

A. An M.A. or M.S. degree is required.
B. A minimum of 42 credits beyond the M.A. or M.S. degree.
C. Demonstration of computer competency.
D. Passing two written substantive area examinations.
E. The completion of a publishable-quality paper.
F. Written presentation and oral defense of an acceptable dissertation.
G. 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 (