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The following are areas of specialization:

  • Environmental Sociology
  • Sociology of Gender
  • Criminology and Deviance
  • Population Studies
  • Qualitative/Interpretive Sociology

Degrees Offered:

Degree Details: 

The Department of Sociology does not have a master’s degree program. Students unable to complete PhD requirements may pursue a terminal MA degree, pending approval by the Graduate Committee. In addition, PhD students may obtain the MA degree in transit to the PhD if they wish. However, the department does not allow extra time for the completion of the MA degree on the way to the PhD.

All MA students are required to complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate credit. There are 2 plans that students may choose from:

Plan 1: Thesis Option
Plan 2: Non-Thesis Option

Plan I — Thesis Option

For the MA degree, a student must complete a total of 30 credit hours at the 5000 level or above, including 4 – 6 thesis credits and the required Theory and Methods sequence with grades B or better plus preparation of a written thesis and successful oral defense of the thesis. Students must register for thesis credit hours in the semester of the thesis defense.


Plan II — Non-Thesis Option

For the MA degree, a student must complete 30 hours of course work at the 5000, level or above, including the required Theory and Methods sequence with grades of B or better and take a written exam in their major area within sociology. The Advisory Committee, here constituted as an examining committee, creates an exam that will assess the candidate's competence in the relevant areas of sociological knowledge.

The requirements for PhD are as follows:

  • 45 hours of course work at the 5000 level or above with grades of B or better, with at least 24 hours in the Department of Sociology
  • 30 hours of dissertation credits are required by the Graduate School
  • Demonstrated proficiency in the core areas of sociology
  • Satisfactory completion of the theory and methods assessment and the specialty area comprehensive exam and
  • A successful dissertation defense
Admissions Requirements: 

Applicants must:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university.
  • Have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00.
  • GRE scores of at least 1100 combined on verbal and quantitative portions.
  • Provide 3 letters of recommendation.


Financial Support: 

Teaching appointments, research appointments, graduate part-time Instructors, and fellowships.

Fall Domestic Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Fall International Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Contact Information: 

University of Colorado Boulder
Department of Sociology
Graduate Program Assistant
Ketchum 219
327 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0327
Phone: 303-735-2335
Fax: 303-492-8878