Doctoral Degree Programs

Graduate opportunities

In the Department of Sociology, we teach more than theories, facts and figures. Our aim is to develop independent, critical thinkers capable of conducting high quality and innovative research in a particular area.

Pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Sociology at the University of North Texas prepares you to be an independent researcher or instructor in higher education. Youíll learn to apply social science perspectives and tools to problems and improve the quality of life. You can concentrate your studies into global and comparative sociology, social stratification, or health, illness and aging.

While enrolled in our doctoral program, youíll have opportunities to work closely with faculty members in educational and research activities focusing on:

  • Global community
  • Development and social change
  • Environmental sociology
  • Sustainable societies
  • Anti-religion attitudes
  • Social interactions of individuals in social organizations
  • Social media
  • Worldwide impact of HIV/AIDS

Additional resources are available through our participation in the Federation of North Texas Area Universities. This collaboration allows you to take sociology courses at Texas Womanís University and apply them to your UNT degree program. It also provides different viewpoints and expertise in substantive areas of study in sociology.

Attending UNT

Admission requirements

Admission to the doctoral program is a competitive, two-step process. First, youíll need to be admitted to the Toulouse Graduate School®. Admission requirements are outlined at Second, youíll need to complete the sociology departmental application process, which requires a statement of purpose and four completed recommendation forms or letters of recommendation.

Students with a masterís degree may be considered for either unconditional or conditional admission based on the following requirements. Conditional admission requires filing an appeal with the graduate school.

  • 18 semester hours of completed sociology courses (at least 3 graduate semester hours each in social research methods, social statistics and social theory)
  • At least a 3.5 GPA on your masterís course work
  • Acceptable GRE scores on the verbal and quantitative sections (Contact the Director of Graduate Studies for information concerning admission test scores.)

Additional course work may be required if you have fewer than the required semester hours and courses needed for unconditional admission.

Outstanding undergraduates without a masterís degree who meet all possible unconditional requirements may be considered for admission to the doctoral program.

  • At least a 3.0 GPA on all masterís course work
  • Acceptable GRE scores on the verbal and quantitative sections
  • Substantial alternative evidence of potential success in graduate studies

The graduate school dean will notify you about being admitted to our program. We recommend completing the admission process by the last Monday in November the year prior to the requested admission year. Selected candidates are invited to a retreat on the final weekend of January where they learn more about the program and meet some professors. Accepted applicants should consult with our Director of Graduate Studies for the recommended courses to take before their first semester.

Degree requirements

The doctoral program requires a minimum of 90 semester hours beyond the bachelorís degree or 60 semester hours beyond the masterís degree.

  • 12 semester hours in research methods and statistics
  • 6 semester hours in sociological theory
  • 12 semester hours in a concentration area
  • 12 semester hours in a second sociology concentration or related minor field
  • 6 semester hours of electives
  • 9 semester hours of dissertation (This requires an oral defense of the proposal and the final written dissertation.)
  • Tool requirement or proficiency in a foreign language You may earn credit for an internship as part of your Ph.D. course work. Youíll also need to enroll in 9 semester hours for two consecutive semesters to fulfill the doctoral residence requirement.

Financial assistance

The primary forms of financial support are assistantships in the department, scholarships or financial aid. To be considered for assistantships, you should submit all required admission materials to our department and the Toulouse Graduate Schoolģ by the last Monday in November the year prior to the requested admission year. Assistantships are announced at the January retreat.