Loyola University Chicago

The Graduate School

Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology


820 N. Michigan Ave

Lewis Towers Suite 1200

Chicago, IL 60611

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The PhD program in Sociology is designed to produce independent scholars able to research, teach or serve in a variety of settings. We offer comprehensive training in the knowledge and skills which constitute professional competence in the field. The curriculum is designed to equip students with a broad foundation in general sociology and in more specialized knowledge related to students' career interests in teaching, research, governmental work, or public service.

Students pursuing the PhD in sociology must complete 60 semester hours of work (20 courses) beyond the BA degree, or 30 semester hours (12 courses) beyond the MA. Once enrolled, PhD students may be allowed to transfer up to 30 credit hours of graduate course-work in or related to sociology, completed at another university, based on the Graduate Program Director's evaluation of the student's transcripts. The student's MA thesis or research paper may also be certified at this time as meeting the department's Master's Thesis requirement for the PhD.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Eligibility Requirements:

Test Requirements: GRE general test. Loyola's code is 1412 English Language Testing Requirements: TOEFL: 550 paper, 79 IBT. IELTS: 6.5 Special Application Instructions: Submission of research paper in addition to the other supporting materials noted in the Step-by-Step Application Process Guidelines. Prerequisite Requirements: Applicants to the Ph.D program should have a bachelor's or master's degree in sociology or a related field.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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