The following are areas of faculty strength:
All accepted applicants are admitted to the PhD program. However, students who are unable to meet the requirements for the doctoral degree may pursue an MA with Graduate Committee approval. In addition, PhD students may obtain the MA in the process of completing the doctoral degree. The department does not allow extra time to complete the MA while pursuing the PhD.
All MA students are required to complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate course work. There are two plans students may choose from:
Plan 1: Thesis Option
Plan 2: Non-Thesis Option
Plan 1 – Thesis Option
For the MA degree, a student must complete 30 credit hours of course work at the 5000 level or above, including 4-6 thesis credits and the required Theory and Methods sequence with a B or higher in addition to preparation of a written thesis and successful oral defense of the thesis.
Plan 2 – Non-Thesis Option
For the MA degree, a student must complete 30 credit hours of course work at the 5000 level or above, including the required Theory and Methods sequence with a B or higher and take a written exam in the major area within sociology. The Advisory Committee, here constituted as an examining committee, creates an exam to assess the candidate’s competence in the relevant areas of sociological knowledge.
Minimum requirements for the PhD include completion of 45 hours of course work at the 5000 level or above and 30 dissertation credit hours as required by the Graduate School. Of the required 45 hours of course work, 24 hours must be completed in the Department of Sociology at CU-Boulder, and the remaining 21 hours may be taken outside the department. Additional requirements include demonstrated proficiency in the core areas of sociology, satisfactory completion of the theory and methods assessment and the specialty area comprehensive examination, and a successful dissertation defense.
Teaching appointments, research appointments, graduate part-time Instructors, and fellowships.
University of Colorado Boulder
Department of Sociology
Graduate Program Assistant
Boulder, CO 80309-0327