The department admits a small number of well-qualified candidates to its Ph.D. program each year. Successful applicants must in addition to University Requirements, submit current (within the last 5 years) GRE General Test scores, three letters of recommendation, two writing samples, and a letter of intent. The Sociology Department recommends applicants have 12 credit hours of advanced undergraduate sociology courses, including statistics and methods courses (or the equivalents). We also recommend college level algebra or its equivalent. In addition, such factors such as the University's commitment to affirmative action, the applicant's non-academic experience, and the ability of the department to provide faculty guidance and courses in the applicant's areas of interest are considered.
General requirements for the Ph.D. are set forth in the Graduate Program section of this Catalog. The Ph.D. degree requires 48 credit hours of coursework and 18 credit hours of dissertation. Students must also pass comprehensive examinations and write and successfully defend a dissertation.
Specific requirements for all students seeking a Ph.D. in Sociology include (all required courses must be passed with at least a grade of "B-"):
Prior to taking the comprehensive examinations, a Comprehensive Exam Committee must be appointed which consists of at least three University of New Mexico faculty members approved for graduate instruction. The chairperson must be a regular faculty member approved by the student's graduate unit. A doctoral student must apply for and be admitted to doctoral candidacy after completing all coursework and passing the comprehensive examination. The Dissertation Committee consists of at least four members approved for graduate instruction: two members must hold regular, full-time faculty appointments at the University of New Mexico; one member must be from the student's graduate unit; the dissertation chairperson must be a regular (tenured or tenure-track), full-time member of the University of New Mexico faculty; a required external member must hold a regular full-time appointment outside the student's unit/department at the University of New Mexico. This member may be from the University of New Mexico or from another accredited institution; one member may be a non-faculty expert in the student's major research area. Doctoral candidates must be enrolled during the semester in which they complete degree requirements, including the summer session.
Applicants must submit their application by the posted deadlines in order to be considered for admission.
With a TA/GA*
Without a TA/GA
* Admitted students will be considered for a Teaching Assistantship/Graduate Assistantship.
All applicants must submit the following material by the deadline in order to be considered for admission:
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1. a) Domestic applicants:
1. b) International Applicants only:
2. Material to be Submitted to the University:
The University of New Mexico
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P.O. Box 4895
Albuquerque, NM 87196-4895
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UNM Sociology Department
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Please see the links below for more information on our graduate program. You may contact the Graduate Director, Dr. Christopher Lyons (email@example.com), or the Coordinator of Graduate Academic Advisement, Shoshana Handel (firstname.lastname@example.org; 505.277.2501) with questions.