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About the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Sociology

  • The Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Sociology is designed to allow maximum flexibility in meeting individual needs while providing solid grounding in the core areas of research methods and sociological theory.

Admission to the PhD Program

  • Admission to the Ph.D. program in sociology requires a bachelor's degree in sociology or its equivalent, GRE, a GPA of 3.5 or higher on the last 60 hours of undergraduate courses and on all graduate courses, three letters of recommendation, and a personal statement of interest (2-3 pages). Students without a bachelor’s degree in sociology will be considered if the admission committee believes that the student shows academic promise. International students must have a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
  • The applicant who has a GPA of at least 3.0 but meets other conditions above may be considered for conditional admission. Additional coursework may be required. The admission committee may request additional evidence of the applicant's ability to do graduate work. Students admitted with a bachelor’s degree can earn their M.A. degree during the course of study. They will be required to write a Master’s thesis, which, together with their course work, will be evaluated by the sociology faculty at the end of their Master’s stage. Based on the evaluation, the faculty could recommend that a student continue to pursue the Ph.D. degree or be awarded a terminal M.A. degree. The thesis requirement is waived for students admitted with a Master’s degree.
  • Students applying for admission to doctoral study must meet the general admission requirements of either the Graduate School at TWU (see admission section of this catalog) or the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies at UNT. Students additionally must apply to the sociology program (see departmental handbook or guidelines for details). Applications of students who satisfy the Graduate School’s admission standards are forwarded for review to the department admission committee. This committee is responsible for recommending acceptance into the Federation doctoral program. 

Job Placements

  • Our graduates hold academic and non-academic positions at a number of colleges and universities, including Duke University, University of Oklahoma, the University of North Texas, Northeastern Illinois, SUNY Potsdam, Florida A&M University, Texas Christian University, Regis University, Southern Methodist University, UT Pan American, Albany State University, Tarrant County College, and Texarkana College.

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