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Courses & Requirements

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For the MA, there is a minimum of 37 semester hours required. For the PhD, there is a minimum of 24-40 semester hours required and 19-35 dissertation research hours. The minimum number of hours beyond the baccalaureate is 96. For more detailed information on courses, please see the graduate manual.

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Students are required to complete their course requirements for their MA within two years. Once students have taken this coursework, they may apply to the PhD program. No MA thesis is required to earn an MA in Sociology at UIC. Please see the graduate manual for more details.

Students who have already earned Masters of Arts (MAs) in Sociology from peer institutions still must earn their MA at UIC. Students coming into UIC’s program with an MA in Sociology may petition the Director of Graduate Studies to have two courses from their previous institution count towards their MA at UIC. These are usually first-year courses (like theory, methods, or statistics). Students may only ‘opt out’ of two required courses (8 credits) in our program. And, these courses must be replaced by advanced seminars at UIC.

Graduate student forms from the Graduate College include petitions for defenses, registration, awards, and fellowships:

Graduate student forms

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For more details about requirements and benchmarks, see the Sociology Graduate Academic Catalog. The catalog includes course descriptions for all available courses in the department.

Please consult the Graduate Student Specialist, Lisa Berube, with any questions.