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  Graduate School–New Brunswick 2010–2012 Programs, Faculty, and Courses Sociology 920 Programs  


The program prepares students for research and for teaching. While it does offer a master of arts (M.A.) degree, the program is designed primarily for students who are seeking a doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degree. The M.A. degree is seen as a stepping-stone to the Ph.D.

Requirements for the Ph.D. include 21 research credits, a writing seminar worth 3 credits, and 48 credits of approved coursework. To meet the course requirement, students may include courses that were taken to satisfy requirements for the M.A. degree. Students may transfer as many as 24 credits from other institutions. Of the 48 credits, 6 must be in theory, 6 in methods, and 6 in statistics.

Each qualifying paper requires a faculty committee of three members, who must approve the paper and sign a form indicating the level of achievement (exceptional, high pass, pass, unsatisfactory) at an evaluation meeting with the student.

Students generally receive the M.A. degree when they have completed 30 credits of approved coursework. Required courses include 3 credits in methods, 3 credits in statistics, and 6 credits in theory. Finally, students must submit one of the qualifying papers for the Ph.D. Upon approval, students may transfer as many as 12 credits earned from other institutions.

Applications for September admission should be submitted no later than January 1 by students seeking financial assistance. In other cases, the deadline is May 1. Official transcripts, a writing sample, a personal statement, and three letters of recommendation are required. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) also is required, but applicants need not take the advanced test in sociology. Students for whom English is not the first language must take the TOEFL examination if their undergraduate degree was not obtained in an English-speaking country.

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