Degree Requirements

Ph.D. Degree Requirements

Students who have received an M.A. degree in sociology may be eligible to pursue the Ph.D. degree. For the Ph.D., students must complete all general requirements (including residency, research skills, comprehensive oral examination, preparation of a dissertation, and the final oral examination) and all M.A. degree requirements. In addition, the following requirements must be met:

  1. Obtain admission to the Ph.D. program.
  2. Complete SOC 790 Proseminar, unless completed at the M.A. level.
  3. Carry out a program of study developed, initially, with a member of the graduate studies committee and, as soon as possible, with a doctoral advisory committee.
  4. Attain the requisite levels of competence in the history and theory of sociology and in methods of sociological research by taking, in addition to the courses required for the thesis-option M.A. (2 sociological methods, 1 sociological theory, and 4 sociological seminars), SOC 812 Analytic Methods in Sociology, 1 graduate-level sociology methods course, 2 graduate-level courses in sociological theory, and 3 graduate-level sociology seminars with an average grade of 3.0. Individual Doctoral Readings courses (SOC 991) may not be used to meet these requirements except by approved petition.
  5. Complete the Research Skills and Responsible Scholarship (RSRS) requirement. The university requires that every doctoral student have training in responsible scholarship and research skills pertinent to the field of research and appropriate to the doctoral level. This requirement must be met before taking the comprehensive oral exam. Doctoral students in sociology meet this requirement by completion of the following courses: SOC 810, SOC 811, SOC 812, SOC 910. Additional information about this requirement can be found under Doctoral Degree Requirements, Doctor of Philosophy, Research Skills in the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog.
  6. Students must compile portfolios of their professional work successfully demonstrating command of 2 fields of specialization within sociology and preparation to undertake dissertation research.
  7. Complete 3 full academic years, or the bona fide equivalent, in study at this or another approved university, including time spent attaining the master’s degree.
  8. Complete 2 semesters, normally consecutive, in study at KU. During this period, the student must be involved in full-time academic pursuits that may involve teaching or research activities. In this case, the minimum enrollment is 6 credit hours.
  9. Pass an oral comprehensive examination. The candidate then enrolls for a minimum of 6 hours a semester and 3 hours a summer session until 18 hours or all requirements for the degree (whichever comes first) have been completed. If the degree is not complete after 18 hours of post-comprehensive enrollment, the candidate continues to enroll each semester and each summer session until all requirements for the degree have been met.
  10. Complete a dissertation.
  11. Pass a final, oral examination on the dissertation.

Note: Contact your department or program for more information about research skills and responsible scholarship, and the current requirements for doctoral students. Current policies on Doctoral Research Skills and Responsible Scholarship are listed in the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog and in KU Policy Library.

Handbook for Graduate Students

A more detailed account of advising procedures, degree requirements, and program options is set forth in the department’s Manual of Graduate Study in Sociology, which is available online at sociology.ku.edu/gradprog.

Ph.D. Degree Requirements

Students who have received an M.A. degree in sociology may be eligible to pursue the Ph.D. degree. For the Ph.D., students must complete all general requirements (including residency, research skills, comprehensive oral examination, preparation of a dissertation, and the final oral examination) and all M.A. degree requirements. In addition, the following requirements must be met:

  1. Obtain admission to the Ph.D. program.
  2. Complete SOC 790 Proseminar, unless completed at the M.A. level.
  3. Carry out a program of study developed, initially, with a member of the graduate studies committee and, as soon as possible, with a doctoral advisory committee.
  4. Attain the requisite levels of competence in the history and theory of sociology and in methods of sociological research by taking, in addition to the courses required for the thesis-option M.A. (2 sociological methods, 1 sociological theory, and 4 sociological seminars), SOC 812 Analytic Methods in Sociology, 1 graduate-level sociology methods course, 2 graduate-level courses in sociological theory, and 3 graduate-level sociology seminars with an average grade of 3.0. Individual Doctoral Readings courses (SOC 991) may not be used to meet these requirements except by approved petition.
  5. Complete the Research Skills and Responsible Scholarship (RSRS) requirement. The university requires that every doctoral student have training in responsible scholarship and research skills pertinent to the field of research and appropriate to the doctoral level. This requirement must be met before taking the comprehensive oral exam. Doctoral students in sociology meet this requirement by completion of the following courses: SOC 810, SOC 811, SOC 812, SOC 910. Additional information about this requirement can be found under Doctoral Degree Requirements, Doctor of Philosophy, Research Skills in the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog.
  6. Students must compile portfolios of their professional work successfully demonstrating command of 2 fields of specialization within sociology and preparation to undertake dissertation research.
  7. Complete 3 full academic years, or the bona fide equivalent, in study at this or another approved university, including time spent attaining the master’s degree.
  8. Complete 2 semesters, normally consecutive, in study at KU. During this period, the student must be involved in full-time academic pursuits that may involve teaching or research activities. In this case, the minimum enrollment is 6 credit hours.
  9. Pass an oral comprehensive examination. The candidate then enrolls for a minimum of 6 hours a semester and 3 hours a summer session until 18 hours or all requirements for the degree (whichever comes first) have been completed. If the degree is not complete after 18 hours of post-comprehensive enrollment, the candidate continues to enroll each semester and each summer session until all requirements for the degree have been met.
  10. Complete a dissertation.
  11. Pass a final, oral examination on the dissertation.

Note: Contact your department or program for more information about research skills and responsible scholarship, and the current requirements for doctoral students. Current policies on Doctoral Research Skills and Responsible Scholarship are listed in the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog and in KU Policy Library.

Handbook for Graduate Students

A more detailed account of advising procedures, degree requirements, and program options is set forth in the department’s Manual of Graduate Study in Sociology, which is available online at sociology.ku.edu/gradprog.

Contact Info

Department of Sociology

Fraser Hall
1415 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 716
Lawrence, KS 66045-7540
785-864-4111
785-864-5280
socdept@ku.edu
http://www.sociology.ku.edu/
David N. Smith, Chair
785-864-4111
emerald@ku.edu

Department of Sociology

Fraser Hall
1415 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 716
Lawrence, KS 66045-7590
785-864-4111
785-864-5280
socdept@ku.edu
http://www.sociology.ku.edu/
Brian Donovan, Director of Undergraduate Studies
785-864-4111
bdonovan@ku.edu
Laura Leonard, Advising Specialist
785-864-4111

Department of Sociology

Fraser Hall
1415 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 716
Lawrence, KS 66045-7590
785-864-4111
785-864-5280
socdept@ku.edu
http://www.sociology.ku.edu/
Shirley Hill, Director of Graduate Studies
785-864-9420
hill@ku.edu
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