university of illinois chicago sociology
The department accepts only applicants who wish to be candidates for the PhD. Applicants are not admitted as candidates for the MA as a terminal degree. Applicants are considered on an individual basis. In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, applicants must meet the following program requirements:Prior Degrees A master’s degree in sociology or equivalent is required. Prior work in social science and sociology is recommended.Grade Point Average At least 3.00/4.00 (B average) for the final 60 semester (90 quarter) hours of undergraduate study, including all of the work taken in the quarter or semester in which the student began the final 60 semester hours of undergraduate study. A 3.50/4.00 cumulative grade point average for work completed beyond the baccalaureate is required.Transcripts Required from all institutions where the applicant earned the last 60 semester (90 quarter) hours of study toward the baccalaureate degree and from all institutions where postbaccalaureate work has been done.Tests Required The GRE is required.Minimum English Competency Test ScoreTOEFL The TOEFL score cannot be more than two years old. UIC’s Institutional Code is 1851; 550 (paper-based). The minimum TOEFL score accepted for admission is 80, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Speaking 20, and Writing 21 (iBT Internet-based), OR,IELTS 6.5, with subscores of 6.0 for all four subscores, OR,PTE-Academic 54, with subscores of Reading 51, Listening 47, Speaking 53, and Writing 56.Letters of Recommendation Three letters of recommendation are required. Letters from former and/or current teachers able to comment specifically on the applicant’s academic achievement and ability are strongly preferred. At least two should be from professors at the university where the master’s degree was obtained.Personal Statement Required.Course Work. Students must earn at least 4 hours in .
Doctor of PhilosphyMinimum Semester Hours Required 24–40 hours of course work beyond the MA; 19–35 dissertation research hours. The minimum number of hours beyond the baccalaureate is 96.Course Work Required Courses: MA in Sociology course requirements (37 hours depending on the student’s level of preparation). Students with an MA from another institution must satisfy UIC Sociology MA requirements. The graduate director will evaluate student’s prior preparation and performance in satisfying these requirements.In addition to and, students must complete three graduate seminars (4 credit hours each) beyond the two taken to satisfy the requirements of the MA. Students must take two courses from the following:, , , , , ; and one additional course, which can either be a specialty seminar (, ) or a course approved by the director of graduate studies. The course content of and varies from term to term.
Seminar: Sociological Research Methods (may repeat for a maximum of 12 hours) a
Colloquium on College Teaching of Sociology
Sociology of Childhood and Youth
Sociology of Race and Ethnicity (may not repeat) b
Social Organization (may not repeat) b
Global and Transnational Sociology
Seminar: Political Sociology
Seminar: Race, Ethnicity, and Gender (minimum of four hours)
Seminar: Social Institutions (minimum of four hours)
Preliminary Examination Required. The examination is comprised of two parts: written examination in a major specialty area and an original research paper submitted for consideration for publication. Students must register for while completing their research paper.Dissertation Proposal Defense Required.Dissertation Required.
Interdepartmental Concentration in Gender and Women’s Studies
Students earning a graduate degree in this department may complement their courses by enrolling in a concentration in Gender and Women’s Studies after consulting with their graduate advisor. See Gender and Women’s Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for more information.
Interdepartmental Concentration in Latin American and Latino Studies
Students earning a graduate degree in this department may complement their courses by enrolling in a concentration in Latin American and Latino Studies. See Latin American and Latino Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for more information.
Interdepartmental Graduate Concentration in Survey Research Methodology
Students earning a graduate degree in this department may complement their courses by enrolling in a concentration in Survey Research Methodology. See Interdepartmental Graduate Concentration in Survey Research Methodology in the Graduate College section for more information.
Interdepartmental Graduate Concentration in Violence Studies
Students earning a graduate degree in this department may complement their courses by enrolling in a concentration in Violence Studies after consulting with their graduate advisor. See Violence Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section or the Jane Addams College of Social Work section for more information.