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Sociology, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 60 months
University rank #85 (QS) Houston, TX, United States
The Ph.D. Program in the Department of Sociology at Rice University is pleased to introduce its innovative Ph.D. program. Sociology is a branch of the social sciences that evolved in response to the revolutionary social changes of the 19th century, such as industrialization and urbanization, that ushered in the modern era. 
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  • Sociology’s founding fathers include Emile Durkheim, Max Weber, Karl Marx, Herbert Spencer, and George Herbert Mead. They explored how social relationships and interactions affect individuals and large-scale social institutions, including religion, government, and education.
  • Today, sociologists use qualitative techniques, including ethnography; participant observation; and case studies of a variety of social phenomena, processes, and problems as methods for exploring the meaning of social life and culture to those who live it, and in building inductive theory. Quantitative techniques engage in hypothesis testing of established theories and concepts, using techniques that include experimental designs, survey questionnaires, and network analysis. 
  • Sociology as a discipline includes “ways of knowing” that link it closely to methods of the natural sciences, and more interpretive and critical perspectives that are closer to scholarship in the humanities.

Upon completing the PhD degree in the field of Sociology, students will be able to:

  • Understand and apply the role of theory in sociology.
  • Demonstrate understanding and application of both qualitative and quantitative sociological methods.
  • Demonstrate expertise in at least two specialty areas within sociology.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 60 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses Included:
  • Contemporary Social Theory
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Classical Social Theory
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Quantitative Data Analysis
  • Satistical Computer Programming
  • Professionalization Workshop
  • Teaching Practicum
  • Thesis Seminar

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Academic Requirements

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • Students are admitted on a competitive basis. Admitted students must have a Baccalaureate degree (BA or BS) or equivalent, a minimum 3.00 (B) GPA in undergraduate work, and the intent to complete a PhD in sociology.
  •  We consider GRE scores, undergraduate GPA, letters of recommendation, writing samples, a personal essay, and professional experience when making admission decisions for the PhD program. 
  • We strongly encourage applications from women and minority groups.
The application fee is $85.00.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    46600 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 46600 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
  • National

    46600 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 46600 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
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Living costs for Houston

  • 1067 - 1950 USD/month
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