The graduate program at the University of Connecticut is a Ph.D. program where students attain a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in the process of obtaining the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). We do not admit students who are only interested in a M.A. degree in Sociology. Most students enter with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and obtain the M.A. in Sociology in the first two years of the program, then proceed to the Ph.D. Students who are admitted with the M.A. in Sociology from another institution will typically finish the Ph.D. program in a shorter time. Students entering with the M.A. from other universities may have to take some required coursework in order to cover equivalent material as students who attained their degrees at the University of Connecticut. Students entering with graduate degrees in disciplines other than Sociology must fulfill the requirements of both the M.A. and Ph.D.
Master of Arts in Sociology
In addition to Graduate School requirements, the M.A. in Sociology requires a minimum of 37 credits. Fifteen credits are Sociology graduate elective courses. Nine credits are GRAD 5950 Master’s Thesis Research. The other credits are from the following required courses.
Plan A. In addition to 37 Sociology credits, students must also complete a M.A. thesis, which includes submitting a written thesis and passing a formal M.A. thesis defense.
Plan B (Terminal). Students who do not wish to continue in the program may submit a portfolio instead of a M.A. thesis. This should consist of a minimum of three papers that together illustrate a command of sociological theory, research methods, and at least one substantive area. Students cannot move on to the Ph.D. phase of the program if they take the Plan B option.
Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology
The Ph.D. requires a minimum of 30 credits beyond the M.A. degree: 27 credits in Sociology and three GRAD 6950 credits. Students must also either demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language or take an additional six credits of graduate coursework in an outside area. Fifteen Sociology credits may be graduate elective courses. The other credits are from the following required courses.
Foreign Language Proficiency/Outside Area Requirement. Students must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language. This requirement can also be satisfied by taking an additional six credits of graduate seminars in one or more other units.
General Examination. Students must demonstrate mastery over a particular area of sociological expertise. The General Examination has both a written and oral component.
Dissertation Proposal. Students must also complete a dissertation proposal, which includes submitting a written proposal and passing a formal dissertation proposal defense.
Dissertation. The dissertation has both a written and oral component.
The programs are offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.