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.

Required Courses: SOCI 5001, 5201, 5203, 5231, and 5251.

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, which constitutes a final examination for Plan B students. 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 total of 42 credits beyond the Master’s degree: 27 credits of Sociology seminars, which includes the nine credits of required courses (SOCI 6203, 6231, 6251), 18 credits of Sociology elective seminars, and 15 credits of GRAD 6950 (Doctoral Dissertation Research). Students may take up to six credits of seminars outside of the department, but these may not be used in place of the Sociology elective credits.

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.