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Sociology, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #333 (QS) Salt Lake City, UT, United States
The PhD in Sociology provides training in sociological theory and research methodology to equip doctoral students with strong scholarly and pedagogical skills.  Students will be prepared for a wide range of academic, research, government, policy, or industry positions with strong critical thinking, analytical, communication, and teamwork skillsProgram Learning Outcomes. 
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Program Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will gain working knowledge of the main theories and debates within sociology, the principles of social science, research design and data analysis.
  • Students will gain the ability to synthesize state-of-the-art theory and research in their chosen areas of interest.
  • Students will gain the ability to conduct independent, original, and scientifically meritorious work. This ability is built upon the knowledge of social theory, research design, and quantitative and qualitative analytical approaches developed in required coursework, preliminary exam preparation, and through faculty mentorship.
  • Students will become competent teachers. Students will receive training in pedagogical techniques, and/or have opportunities to be a teaching assistant or an independent instructor teaching their own courses.
  • Students will develop skills in communicating research study design and results to diverse audiences. The program encourages students to attend academic conferences to present their research.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Proseminar in Sociology 
  • Classical Sociological Theory 
  • Methods of Social Research
  • Statistics 
  • Research Instruction 
  • Case Studies and Research Ethics 
  • 3rd Year Research Project 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

An applicant for admission to The Graduate School must meet the following minimum requirements:
  • An undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0, based on all undergraduate work. If the undergraduate GPA is below 3.0, a GPA will be calculated on the last 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of the undergraduate work for admission consideration;
  • Meeting the academic department’s admission standards, and receiving a recommendation for admission to their graduate program.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    30371 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 30371 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Salt Lake City

  • 1000 - 1730 USD/month
    Living Costs

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