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What does it cost?

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How long will it take?

This program requires 63 semester credit hours (31 semester hours of course work and 32 semester hours of non-course work) beyond the Master’s degree.

Where will I take classes?

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: January 15
  • Spring: Does Not Admit
  • Summer: Does Not Admit

Sociology, Ph.D.

The Ph.D.-only program is focused on producing highly skilled researchers who can perform research in both academic and non-academic environments.

This program is appropriate for students who have completed a master’s degree in sociology or a closely related social science field. Students with graduate degrees in non-social science fields are accepted into our Joint M.A. /Ph.D. program.

The Sociology Department is located in the heart of Atlanta, within walking distance of the State Capitol and City Hall, and close to other major political, economic and cultural centers. This connection with a large, vibrant urban community provides an ideal learning environment for students.

Program Highlights

The Department and individual faculty members have consulted and engaged in research projects with many different agencies, including the National Science Foundation, U.S. Public Health Service, National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, American Educational Research Association, U.S. Attorney’s Office, U.S. Bureau of the Census, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Georgia Department of Human Resources, Georgia Narcotics Treatment Center, Georgia Mental Health Institute, Atlanta Regional Commission, the City of Atlanta Bureau of Planning, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Pew Charitable Trust and numerous other government agencies, as well as private concerns.

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Program Details

Admission into the PhD-only program requires a Masters degree in Sociology or a related field.

A. Doctoral Core Required Course Work (16 hours):
Soci 8000 Proseminar in Sociology (3)
Soci 8342 Qualitative Methods in Sociology (3)
Soci 9010 Multivariate Sociological Data Analysis (4)
Soci 9020 Advanced Research Methodology (3)
Soci 9030 Sociological Theory II (3)

NOTE: If a student needs to take Soci 8010 Intermediate Social Statistics, Soci 8020 Research Methods, and/or Soci 8030 sociological Theory I (or their equivalents, as determined by the Director of Graduate Studies), these courses must be taken as non-credit prerequisites for Soci 9010, Soci 9020, and Soci 9030.This generally pertains to students admitted to the Ph.D. program who have an M.A. degree in a non-sociology program. However, students who earned less than an A in their M.A. program on equivalent courses will be asked to repeat the equivalent prerequisite in our department.

B. Area of Specialization Coursework (6 hours)
To prepare for the Portfolio evaluation, students should select two of the following area core courses as part of their elective options:

Soci 8102 Life Course Sociology (3)
Soci 8156 Sexuality and Society (3)
Soci 8216 Gender and Society (3)
Soci 8212 Race and Ethnic Relations (3)
Soci 8226 Urban Sociology (3)
Soci 9230 Health & Illness (3)

C. Doctoral Elective Course Work (9 hours):
With the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies, up to 3 hours (one course) may be taken in a related field and/or up to 3 hours of Soci 8970: Directed Readings may be taken.

D. Other Doctoral Requirements (32 hours of non-course work):
Soci 9999 Dissertation Research (32)
Portfolios, a dissertation proposal, a dissertation, and oral defense

For more details, visit the Course Catalog.

A Doctorate will qualify you for a variety of occupations including university professor, and many management or directorship positions within Human Services agencies.



Earning a Doctorate of Sociology prepares students for top tier Sociology or Human Services positions and the widest field of career choices.


Director of Graduate Studies
Katie Acosta
Associate Professor, Sociology
[email protected]

Chantel DeLions
Department Specialist
[email protected]

College of Arts & Sciences
25 Park Pl NE #2500
Atlanta, GA 30303

College of Arts & Sciences Lockup25 Park Pl NE #2500
Atlanta, GA 30303

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