Join our Graduate Program

We pride ourselves in a strong culture of student mentoring and support, and faculty-student collaboration.
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Ph.D Requirements

  • Complete required coursework 

  • Prepare a Professional Portfolio 

  • Write and successfully defend a master's thesis 

  • Complete examination requirements in two areas of specialization 

  • Draft and successfully defend a dissertation proposal 

  •  Successfully complete a doctoral dissertation 

***Students who enter the graduate program with a master's degree and thesis in sociology or a closely-related field may be exempt from the MA level requirements.  

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Get Involved

Serve on departmental committees, participate in the Sociology Graduate Student Association (SGSA), edit a research journal - Social Thought and Research (STAR)
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Professional Opportunities

Attend professional meetings (e.g., Midwest Sociological Society, American Sociological Association, Sociologists for Women in Society), submit your work for publication, host the annual Blackmar Lecture Series


  • Funding is available through fellowships and multi-year teaching and research assistantships that include full tuition waivers & stipends. The current stipend for GTAs is $18,650.
  • Scholarships and awards are available each year to defray the cost of conference travel and research from the department, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, the Office of Graduate Studies, and other KU sources. 
  • Class
  • Culture
  • Environment
  • Gender & Sexuality
  • Globalization
  • Medicine/Health/Aging/Life
  • Race & Ethnicity
  • Social Demography
  • Social Inequality/Stratification

A terminal MA option is available for students who do not wish to complete a Ph.D.

What's next?

Our graduates are prepared for the next step after graduation - we have a strong record of placing students who graduate from our doctoral program.

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