The following is a suggested timeline for students entering in the fall semester without a master's degree. You may need to work with your advisor and/or the Graduate Director to customize the timeline, based on your situation. The average length of time to PhD completion is four to five years; however, the length of time permitted for all students from entry into the graduate program in medical sociology to degree completion before recertification, such as re-examination or required additional coursework, is seven years. Most required classes will be offered every other year.

New PhD Lee Anne Flahh and alumni/professor Julie Locher. Year 1

Fall Semester (10 credits)

  • SOC 702: Proseminar — The Profession of Sociology (1 hour) (required)
  • SOC 601: Data Management and Analysis (3 hours) (required)
  • Choice of:
    • SOC 720: Classical Theory OR elective if not offered (3 hours)
    • SOC 780: Advanced Medical Sociology  OR elective if not offered (3 hours)
  • Meet with your faculty advisor

Spring Semester (10 credits)

  • SOC 702: Proseminar — The Profession of Sociology (1 hour) (required)
  • SOC 703: Regression Analysis (3 hours) (required)
  • Choice of:
    • SOC 722: Contemporary Sociological Theory (3 hours)
    • Medical Sociology elective — choose between SOC 724, 734, 735, 755, 756, 775, 781, 783, 785, 786, 787, or 788 (3 hours)
  • Meet with your faculty advisor

Summer Semester (4 credits)

  • SOC 702: Proseminar — The Profession of Sociology (1 hour) (required)
  • Choose one (3 hours):
    • SOC 704: Categorical Data Analysis
    • Sociology elective (consider an online class)
    • One out-of-department elective
    • GRD 717: Principles of Scientific Integrity

Year 2

Fall Semester (9 credits)

  • SOC 705: Advanced Research Methods OR SOC 711: Qualitative Methods (3 hours) (required)
  • Medical Sociology elective — choose between SOC 724, 734, 735, 755, 756, 775, 781, 783, 785, 786, 787, or 788 (3 hours)
  • One Sociology elective (3 hours)
  • Select your advisor
  • Form thesis committee with advisor
  • Defend thesis proposal

Spring Semester (9 credits)

  • One or two Sociology electives
  • GRD 717: Principles of Scientific Integrity (3 hours)
  • SOC 699: Thesis Research (0-6 hours)
  • Defend thesis (preferred)

Summer Semester (3 credits)

  • Choose one (3 hours):
    • SOC 704: Categorical Data Analysis
    • One Sociology elective (consider an online elective)
    • One out-of-department elective
    • SOC 699: Thesis Research
    • GRD 717: Principles of Scientific Integrity
  • Prepare for comprehensive exam if you entered the program with an MA; take SOC 798: Non-Dissertation Research Hours
  • Defend thesis (if not defended during spring semester)

Year 3

Fall Semester (9 credits)

  • SOC 705: Advanced Research Methods (3 hours) OR SOC 711: Qualitative Methods (3 hours) (required)
  • One Sociology elective (3 hours)
  • GRD 717: Principles of Scientific Integrity (3 hours)
  • SOC 780: Advanced Medical Sociology (3 hours) OR SOC 720: Classical Theory (3 hours)
  • Take comprehensive exam if you entered the program with an MA

Spring Semester (9 credits)

  • One sociology elective (3 hours)
  • SOC 798: Non-dissertation Research (1-9 hours)
  • Take comprehensive exam if you entered the program with an MA

Summer Semester (3 credits)

  • SOC 798: Non-dissertation Research (1-9 hours)
  • Prepare for comprehensive exams if you did not enter the program with an MA
  • GRD 717: Principles of Scientific Integrity (3 hours)
  • Form dissertation committee

Year 4

Fall Semester (9 credits)

Spring Semester (9 credits to be a full-time student)

  • SOC 799: Dissertation Research (1-9 hours)

Summer Semester (3 credits)

  • SOC 799: Dissertation Research (1-9 hours)

Year 5

Fall Semester

  • SOC 799: Dissertation Research (1-9 hours)

Spring Semester

  • SOC 799: Dissertation Research (1-9 hours)
  • Defend dissertation