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South Dakota State University    
 
    
 
  Sep 23, 2017
 
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog

Sociology (Ph.D.)


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Program Coordinator/Contact
Mary Emery, Department Head
Meredith Redlin, Professor/Graduate Coordinator
Department of Sociology and Rural Studies
Hansen Hall 004
605-688-4132
E-mail: joni.mueller@sdstate.edu
www.sdstate.edu/sociology-rural-studies

Program Information
The Ph.D. program in Sociology is designed to prepare students for professional careers in teaching, research and creative activity or applied or practice-related sociology in academic, government and related areas. Students are encouraged to identify areas of interest that connect with faculty areas of expertise and interest. Students seeking admission must have an approved Master’s degree (thesis option), not necessarily in Sociology. If a thesis in a closely related field is not in evidence, Ph.D. students will be required to complete SOC 501  and SOC 504  in their first year of coursework Ph.D. program credits. A student guide to the program is located at: www.sdstate.edu/sociology-rural-studies/graduate-programs.

Course Delivery Format
Courses are generally delivered face-to-face in small seminar settings. A limited number of courses may be offered via DDN or on-line.

Available Options for Graduate Degrees


Doctor of Philosophy 60 Credit Plan

Additional Admission Requirements


GRE: Required
TOEFL: Required score of 575 paper-based, 90 Internet-based
IELTS:  6.5

Doctor of Philosophy students seeking entrance must have an approved Bachelor’s and Master’s degree (thesis option), not necessarily in Sociology. Each applicant should have 2 signed letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the student’s academic record.

It is required that applicants also include a writing sample and personal statement. The personal statement should identify the student’s academic goals and describe how those goals fit with the faculty expertise and interests.

General Requirements


Graduate students must consult with their advisor before registering for graduate work.

For additional information refer to the Doctor of Philosophy Degree Requirements .

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