Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree in the field of Sociology

Program Learning Outcomes for the MA and PhD Degrees in the field of Sociology

Upon completing the MA and PhD degrees in the field of Sociology, students will be able to:

  1. Understand and apply the role of theory in sociology.
  2. Demonstrate understanding and application of both qualitative and quantitative sociological methods.
  3. Demonstrate expertise in at least two specialty areas within sociology.

Requirements for the MA and PhD Degrees in the field of Sociology

For general university requirements, please see Doctoral Degrees. Students pursuing the MA and PhD degrees in the field of Sociology must complete:

  • A minimum of 90 credit hours to satisfy degree requirements 

The PhD program is a five-year degree program. The Sociology department does not admit students seeking only a master's degree. The MA degree is a thesis master’s degree. For general university requirements, please see Thesis Master’s Degrees. Students will normally obtain a master’s degree after two years of study and research as a student progresses toward the PhD, and will usually need an additional three years to complete the requirements for a PhD. The coursework is sequenced and will typically be completed in two and a half years. By this point, students will be required to have written their Master's thesis and completed their Master's degree. This leaves one semester to take the comprehensive exams and two years to complete the dissertation. Each student will attend a monthly Teaching and Professionalization Workshop that the department will hold throughout the academic school year.

Summary 

Total Credit Hours Required for the MA Degree in the field of Sociology30
Total Credit Hours Required for the PhD Degree in the field of Sociology90

Degree Requirements

Required Courses 1
SOCI 526CONTEMPORARY THEORY3
SOCI 541QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS3
SOCI 580CLASSICAL THEORY3
SOCI 582QUANTITATIVE DATA ANALYSIS I3
SOCI 583QUANTITATIVE DATA ANALYSIS II3
SOCI 596STATISTICAL PROGRAMMING1
SOCI 605NON-THESIS GRADUATE RESEARCH1-9
SOCI 606THESIS RESEARCH3
SOCI 608GRADUATE RESEARCH DESIGN3
SOCI 610PROFESSIONALIZATION WORKSHOP1
SOCI 700DISSERTATION RESEARCH1-15
UNIV 500PRINCIPLES OF EFFECTIVE COLLEGE TEACHING3
or UNIV 501 RESEARCH ON TEACHING AND LEARNING
Elective Requirements, Comprehensive Exams, and Dissertation 1
Total Credit Hours 90

Footnotes and Additional Information

Recommended Sequence of Required Coursework

Plan of Study Grid
1st SemesterCredit Hours
SOCI 541 QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS 3
SOCI 580
CLASSICAL THEORY
or CONTEMPORARY THEORY
3
SOCI 596 STATISTICAL PROGRAMMING 1
SOCI 610 PROFESSIONALIZATION WORKSHOP 1
Elective one Elective one 
 Credit Hours8
2nd Semester
SOCI 582
SOCI 541
QUANTITATIVE DATA ANALYSIS I
or QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS
3-6
SOCI 608 GRADUATE RESEARCH DESIGN 3
SOCI 610 PROFESSIONALIZATION WORKSHOP 1
Elective two Elective two 
 Credit Hours7-10
3rd Semester
SOCI 526
CONTEMPORARY THEORY
or CLASSICAL THEORY
3
SOCI 583 QUANTITATIVE DATA ANALYSIS II 3
SOCI 541 QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS 3
SOCI 610 PROFESSIONALIZATION WORKSHOP 1
 Credit Hours10
4th Semester
SOCI 606 THESIS RESEARCH 3
SOCI 610 PROFESSIONALIZATION WORKSHOP 1
UNIV 501 RESEARCH ON TEACHING AND LEARNING 3
Elective three Elective three 
 Credit Hours7
 Total Credit Hours32-35

Policies for the MA and PhD Degrees in the field of Sociology

Department of Sociology Graduate Program Handbook

The General Announcements (GA) is the official Rice curriculum. As an additional resource for students, the department of Sociology publishes a graduate program handbook, which can be found here: http://gradhandbooks.rice.edu/2017_18/Sociology_Graduate_Handbook.pdf

Admission

Students are admitted on a competitive basis. Admitted students must have a Baccalaureate degree (BA or BS) or equivalent, a minimum 3.0 (B) GPA in undergraduate work, and the intent to complete a PhD in sociology. We consider GRE scores, undergraduate GPA, letters of recommendation, writing samples, a personal essay, and professional experience when making admission decisions for the PhD program. We strongly encourage applications from women and minority groups.

The Sociology department does not admit students seeking only a masters degree. The Master of Arts degree is earned as a student progresses toward the PhD. Students who currently hold a Master's Degree are welcome to apply. However, PhD students must complete four semesters of residency and coursework at Rice University. At the department’s discretion, some credits may transfer from other graduate programs.

For additional information, please see the Sociology website: http://sociology.rice.edu/

Opportunities for the MA and PhD Degrees in the field of Sociology

For additional information, please see the Sociology website: http://sociology.rice.edu/