Sociology PhD

Build upon your foundation in sociological theory and research with a Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology in the College of Liberal Arts at Temple University. This 52-credit PhD program provides advanced training in sociological theory, statistics and research methods in a variety of sociology subfields. Students are prepared for research and teaching in academia and for advanced work in a variety of professional settings. 

The main areas of doctoral research are 

  • gender and sexuality;
  • globalization;
  • immigration;
  • medical sociology;
  • race and ethnicity; and
  • urban sociology.

Sociology PhD students and faculty are passionate about social change. You will be a part of a community that is concerned with topics that include

  • how identities influence the production and consumption of popular culture;
  • how race and social status are reproduced and challenged in our educational system; 
  • how science influences perceptions of sexual identity; 
  • unionization as a global phenomenon; and
  • why trust matters in social relationships.

You will also examine the intersection of people and space with political and economic structures, and the complexities of emotions and affect for relationships in the social world.

As part of an R1 research institution, the Sociology Department is committed to pushing boundaries in research, supporting its scholars in developing actionable solutions and creating impactful change.

Learn more about current Sociology faculty and their areas of expertise.

Program Format & Curriculum

Students have seven years to complete their degree. Full-time study is preferred, but part-time enrollment can be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The Sociology PhD curriculum consists of core courses, electives, a preliminary examination and personal research which culminates in a written dissertation and oral defense

Students must complete the following core courses.

  • Classical Social Theory
  • Contemporary Sociological Theory
  • Graduate Data Analysis
  • Inferential and Multivariate Statistics
  • Logic of Inquiry
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Qualitative Data Analysis

Learn more about the Sociology PhD curriculum requirements

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Our Community

The College of Liberal Arts at Temple comprises many disciplines and research areas. Now more than ever, an interdisciplinary liberal arts education is invaluable for your future pursuits. It offers the opportunity to further push your drive to create real change in the world, here at Temple and beyond. In this graduate program, you’ll work closely with diverse faculty members who are highly esteemed in their field and with a curious, passionate community of peers. 

Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, this Doctor of Philosophy offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. These tuition costs apply to the 2021–2022 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $966.00 per credit
Out-of-state: $1,329.00 per credit

Learn more about our tuition and fees.


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