Program Requirements

Updated: 2/13/2015

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

1. Credits: MA: 10 courses, 6 in sociology.  PhD: 20 courses, 12 in sociology.
2. Transfer of credit: up to 8 graduate course units may be transferred from other institutions after 1 year at Penn, upon approval of the Graduate Chair and the Dean. At least 12 courses must be completed at Penn, with 10 of these in sociology.
3. Grading of courses: 16 courses must receive a grade of “B” or better. Up to 4 independent study courses may be taken on a pass-fail basis.
4. Departmental activity participation: Weekly attendance at the Sociology Colloquium; membership in at least one cluster workshop.

YEAR-BY-YEAR REQUIREMENTS

Year 1:

Course requirements
Soc 555: Proseminar (non-credit; not required for incoming joint students)
Soc 535/536: Quantitative Methods
Soc 602: Classical Sociological Theory
Soc 604: Research Methods
2 Sociology Classes

Additional requirements
First year qualifications review by faculty.

Year 2:

Course requirements
Soc 707/708: Second Year Research Seminar, plus 4 electives, of which at least 3 must be in sociology

Additional requirements
Second Year Paper (Equivalent to M.A. thesis; a publishable paper), approved in time for faculty evaluations to be available for the May faculty meeting.  The MA Thesis/Second Year Paper must be advised by a committee of three faculty members, including two standing faculty in sociology. The committee chair must be a member of the standing faculty in sociology. 

To maintain good standing, the Second Year Paper requirement must be completed to committee satisfaction in time for faculty evaluations of the papers to be available at the May faculty meeting.  Completion of this requirement at a high standard is required for formal entry into the doctoral program.

Second year qualifications review by faculty.

Year 3:

Course requirements
Complete all coursework (total 20 courses)

Additional requirements
1. Complete first comprehensive exam (by May 1)
2. Demonstrate submission of Master’s, second year paper, or other paper for publication (by May 1)
Form dissertation committee of three faculty members, including two standing faculty in sociology (by May 1). The committee chair must be a member of the standing faculty in sociology. 
Review of progress by faculty.

Year 4:

Requirements
1. Complete second comprehensive exam (by December 15)
2. Defend dissertation proposal (by May 1)
3. Demonstrate submission of Master’s, second year paper, or other paper for publication (by May 1)
4. Prepare a tailored report of research and publication activities for consideration at the May faculty meeting.  Arrange meetings during the year with advisor to discuss a submission strategy and then to discuss report of activities prior to submission. (by May 1)

Review of progress by faculty.

Years 5 and beyond:

Requirements
1. Dissertation defense and submission
2. Complete a public presentation of the dissertation research, open to the university community.
3. Prepare a tailored report of research and publication activities for consideration at the May faculty meeting.  Arrange meetings during the year with advisor to discuss a submission strategy and then to discuss report of activities prior to submission (by May 1 each year).

Annual review of progress by faculty.