PhD in Sociology

Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Sociology

Our doctoral program offers maximum flexibility while meeting your individual academic needs. We provide a solid foundation in the core areas of research methods and sociological theory, as well as benefits and opportunities from the combined faculties and facilities at two Denton universities.

The TWU Sociology Program now offers doctoral specialization in criminology

The TWU Sociology Program now serves students via doctoral-level major study in criminology. This new major area's core course, Criminology Theories, is available beginning in Fall 2018. Criminology is among the major scholarly concentrations within sociology. Of the Federation of North Texas Area Universities, TWU is the first to offer a specialization in criminology.

"It has been exciting to see several of our sociology faculty members step up and put their expertise to a grand new use, nurturing the growing number of our Ph.D. students drawn to the field of criminology," said Celia C. Lo, Ph.D., professor and chair of the TWU Department of Sociology and Social Work.

Federation of North Texas Area Universities

The Federation of North Texas Area Universities is a consortium of three universities: Texas A&M University-Commerce, Texas Woman's University and the University of North Texas. Our doctorate in sociology is granted by both TWU and UNT. Students enrolled at either university may complete a portion of their graduate work at either university and receive access to combined academic resources like cross-registration, a variety of professors and library access. The degree is conferred by the university to which the student was admitted.

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Degree Details

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  1. Submit a TWU Graduate Student Application.
  2. Submit a personal statement (2-3 pages) of interest and three (3) letters of recommendation to: 

    Philip Q. Yang, PhD
    Graduate Program Director
    PO Box 425887
    Denton, TX 76204

  3. Admission to our sociology doctoral program requires a bachelor's degree in sociology or its equivalent. Students without a bachelor's degree in sociology will be considered if the admission committee believes that the student shows academic promise.
  4. GPA of 3.5 or higher on the last 60 hours of undergraduate work and on all graduate work (a GPA of at least 3.0 may be considered for conditional admission) and GRE are required.
  5. Students admitted with a bachelor’s degree can earn their MA degree during the course of study. They will be required to write a master’s thesis, which, together with their coursework, will be evaluated by the sociology faculty at the end of their master’s stage. Based on the evaluation, the faculty could recommend that a student continue to pursue the PhD degree or be awarded a terminal MA degree. The thesis requirement is waived for students admitted with a master’s degree.

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For more information about our sociology doctoral program, please contact:

Philip Q. Yang, PhD
Graduate Program Director
CFO 303

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