What Kinds of Degrees Do We Offer?

We expect that our admitted students are seeking a PhD degree. Students who enter the program without a Master's degree earn an MS degree in the process of obtaining a PhD. (Obtaining the MS degree does not add any additional time or coursework to what is required for the PhD). If an applicant already has Master's degree in sociology, they can request to be considered for direct admission into the PhD program.


The Master Of Science  (MS) in Sociology is a two-year degree program that requires a minimum of 38 semester hours beyond the BA/BS degree. 

The MS plan of study includes a core curriculum in theory and methods, elective coursework, and analytic project in one area of specialization. Students who successfully complete the MS degree are then admitted into the PhD program.


The PhD program
in Sociology exposes students to substantive areas of specialization within the discipline and emphasizes the development of greater depth of knowledge within the area that will be the subject of a student's major research product, the dissertation.

The PhD represents a minimum of 60 hours of coursework and research credits beyond the MA/MS degree. Students complete at least 24 credits of coursework: four required courses and four elective courses. In addition, students are required to complete research hours or coursework to meet the minimum of 60 credits. The PhD takes a minimum of three years beyond the MS degree.


Dual Title PhD in Gerontology

Purdue University offers a dual-title PhD linking several established, discipline-based programs of study with an interdisciplinary perspective on aging.

Sociology doctoral students are eligible to complete a dual-title PhD in Sociology and Gerontology. There is no separate application process. Students apply as usual to the doctoral program in Sociology. http://www.purdue.edu/aging/ 


Certificates and Concentrations offered by Other Departments

Several other Purdue departments offer certificates that can be earned alongside the PhD in Sociology. 

For example, some Sociology students have taken advantage of a five course certificate in Applied Statistics offered by the Statistics department. The Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies area also offers a five course concentration in Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies. Many departments offer similar certificates and concentrations.  If one plans ahead, one can obtain these certificates and concentrations without prolonging one's time to the completion of the PhD.  

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