Graduate Handbook

Graduate Handbook

Our most current graduate handbook details all information related to a graduate students' studies.  It includes a overview of program requirements, specific program requirements, how to form a guidance committee, details on comprehensive exams, suggestions for the dissertation, and much more.

Below is an interactive yearly step-by-step guide to the graduate program, that details many of the graduate handbook guidelines.

To gain further detail, read the graduate handbook here.

Read more information on Graduate Specializations and Certificates.


  • Participate in a teaching assistant workshop
  • Participate in SOC Professional Development Workshop Series
  • Take classes


  • Take 3 credits of classes in either SOC 985, SOC 986, SOC 883, SOC 884 or SOC 989.
  • Qualifying Paper and Presentation
  • Soc Professional Development Workshop Series



  • SOC Professional Development Workshop Series




  • Comprehensive Exam





  • Dissertation Proposal Defense





  • Dissertation Oral Defense


Sociology PhD Program Forms

Annual Progress Report for PhD Students

Dissertation Approval Form


Link to GradPlan. GradPlan is required for PhD students and allows students to create and store their PhD Degree Plans.

Graduate Application

Link to the Registar's Office to apply for graduation

Independent Study Application

Permission to take Comprehensive Exam

Intent to Graduate