Graduate work at the University of Pennsylvania is conducted through graduate groups formed according to different areas of study. These groups administer programs leading to the AM and PhD degrees. Those seeking a graduate degree in Sociology should apply to the Graduate Group in Sociology. Sociology students earn their MA on the way to the PhD. There is no terminal Master's degree program.
It is possible to earn a joint Ph.D. in Sociology and another discipline by being admitted to and satisfying the requirements of two Ph.D. programs and writing a single dissertation. Currently, students are enrolled in joint degrees with Demography, Education, Communications, and Africana Studies. Students seeking a joint Ph.D. combining Sociology with another program must be admitted in that program (as well as Sociology); admittance to the second program may occur after admission to the Sociology program.
View the University’s Academic Rules for PhD Programs.
A minimum of 16 course units are required. A minimum of 12 course units must be taken at the University of Pennsylvania.
|SOCI 5350||Quantitative Methods I||1|
|SOCI 5351||Quantitative Methods II||1|
|SOCI 6020||Proseminar in Classical Sociology||1|
|SOCI 6040||Methodology of Social Research||1|
|SOCI 6200||Sociological Research II||1|
|SOCI 7070||Second Year Research Seminar I||1|
|SOCI 7071||Second Year Research Seminar II||1|
|Select nine electives 1||9|
|Total Course Units||16|
Three electives must be in Sociology.
The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2023 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.
Sample Plan of Study
|Quantitative Methods I|
and Quantitative Methods II
|Proseminar in Classical Sociology|
|Methodology of Social Research|
Select two Sociology courses
|Second Year Research Seminar I|
|Second Year Research Seminar II|
Select four electives
Second Year Paper/MA Thesis
|Sociological Research II|
Select three electives
Specialty Area #1 Comprehensive Exam
Dissertation Committee Selected
Specialty Area #2 Comprehensive Exam
|Year 5 and Beyond|
Dissertation Research and Defense