Sociology, Applied (PhD)
The Department of Sociology offers a PhD in Applied Sociology, which is focused on training professional researchers at the highest level to follow the discipline's focus on bringing scientific understandings to the study of social issues and problems. Training is designed to prepare students for both academic careers and meeting the growing demand for applied sociologists who are qualified to address directly the problems facing not only our state but also our nation and the world.
Applicants are examined holistically using the following information in the admissions decisions: GPA, quality of the program from which the applicant graduated, three academic letters of recommendation, a personal statement, and an interview with the candidate. Beginning with applicants for Fall 2021, GRE scores are no longer required, although students may submit them if they wish to have them considered.
The Department of Sociology is committed to fostering diversity by considering factors such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, age, and social class in its graduate and undergraduate programs; as such, background factors and circumstances will be considered when reviewing applications.
While admission is not based solely on meeting—or not meeting—certain criteria, chances of admission are improved with the following:
• Graduate GPA of 3.5;
• Previous graduate course work in statistics, methods, and theory*;
• Completed thesis (or original independent work of research from another accredited graduate program); and
• International students should also have either a) TOEFL score of at least 550 (on the paper-based test), 213 (on computer-based test) or b) 79-80 (on the internet-based test) or an IELTS score of at least 6.5.
*Students may be allowed to make up deficiencies or use equivalent graduate courses regarding these prerequisites. Students who have completed similar courses in these areas may be asked to provide both the course syllabus and completed course work to determine equivalency. Students should contact Dr. Jonetta Weber to discuss any questions regarding these prerequisites.
In exceptional cases, students not qualified for regular admission may be conditionally admitted.
We encourage anyone interested in our graduate program to apply, regardless of grade point averages from undergraduate work or previous graduate work. When making our admission decisions, we holistically consider GPAs alongside personal statements and letters of recommendation (and other materials), knowing that a low GPA can be offset by other personal strengths. We do, however, prefer individuals with undergraduate GPAs of 3.2 or above, and (if applicable) graduate degree GPAs of 3.5 or above. We also encourage anyone who is considering applying to our graduate program to visit our department and meet with our faculty members and current graduate students.
The deadline for applications for admission to the fall semester is June 1 and November 1 for the spring semester. (Late applications may be considered on an individual basis.) The Department of Sociology does not admit students during the summer session.
Students interested in being considered for a doctoral assistantship must submit their application materials (along with a letter of interest a) indicating that they wish to be considered for an assistantship and b) elaborating why they feel they would be a good candidate for an assistantship) by January 5 for the fall semester and October 1 for the spring semester.
Applicants must submit to the Graduate Admissions Office:
- A graduate application
- Official copies of transcripts from all colleges attended (students with a foreign transcript must submit an evaluation of the transcript from World Education Services (www.WES.org) or Educational Credentials Evaluators (www.ECE.org)
- Three references (preferably from former instructors, and in sociology, if possible) in the form of a discursive letter of recommendation and completion of the University of Louisville Letter of Evaluation form
- A curriculum vitae (CV) or résumé
- TOEFL or IELTS scores (if an international student)
- A writing sample (either the student's thesis or another work of original independent research)
- A personal statement (~500-750 words) addressing the points below and giving the Department's Graduate Committee a basis for evaluating the student's interest in and ability to complete the program:
- Please explain your reasons for applying to the doctoral program in sociology at the University of Louisville.
- Discuss your professional or occupational objectives and how you envision the department’s program fitting into those objectives.
- Describe the areas of sociology you find especially interesting for study and/or research and identify the sociology faculty with who you might be interested in working.
Students may supplement their application file with GRE scores, but GRE scores are not required for admission.
The application deadline for students not seeking funding is June 1 for fall admission and November 1 for spring admission. (Late applications may be considered on an individual basis.) The Department of Sociology does not admit students during the summer session.
The application deadline for students seeking funding (includingis January 5 of the preceding year for fall admission and October 1 for spring admission. The materials must also be accompanied by a letter of interest (a) indicating that the applicant wishes to be considered for an assistantship, and (b) elaborating why the applicant is a good candidate for an assistantship.
|SOC 704||Proseminar in Sociology-PhD||1|
|SOC 725||Organizational Theory||3|
|SOC 730||Fundamental Assumptions of Sociology||3|
|SOC 735||Classical Theory||3|
|SOC 740||Social Policy||3|
|SOC 750||Program Evaluation||3|
|SOC 760||Social Inequality & Stratification||3|
|SOC 795||Dissertation Research||6|
|SOC 790 and/or electives in Sociology||9|
|Minimum Total Hours||34|