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Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology Virginia Tech



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The Department of Sociology at Virginia Tech is a premier, research-oriented program, with 34 full-time faculty members and 5 affiliated faculty. The common anchor that connects much of the research we do is a focus on the causes, consequences, and interactions of social inequalities in a variety of subfields, including gender, race, class, sexualities, criminology, health, aging, education, the environment, and the global political economy. A solid grounding in sociological theory and methods constitute the core of our graduate programs, and students may also specialize and/or take courses in our interdisciplinary programs in Africana Studies, Women's and Gender Studies, and American Indian Studies. In addition, we support the research of action-oriented scholars who connect with communities in need and provide research that can help address social problems and influence public policy.

PhD students must complete 48 hours of coursework and 30 hours of research. If a student has a MS or MA in Sociology or a related discipline up to 12 hours of coursework may be transferred and counted toward the 48-hour requirement. Students are required to complete classes in classical and contemporary sociological theory and an advanced theory course in one of our interdisciplinary programs. They are also required to complete a course in research methods, two graduate-level statistics classes, a qualitative methods course, an advanced methods course, and an academic writing class.

PhD Students must also successfully pass a preliminary examination. The examination is to be taken after the student has completed approximately 45 hours of coursework. The preliminary exam is comprehensive in nature and tests a student's ability to integrate, synthesize, and apply sociological concepts in one area of concentration selected by the student. The exam may also test any aspect of theoretical sociology or research methodology. The student should meet with his or her exam area committee prior to preparing for the exam to discuss the exam and evaluation procedures.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology.

Full Time (78 hours)

Tuition fees

$14,208.00 (10,41,438) per year

USD $14,207.50 for 9 or more credit hours (Fall and Spring Semesters).

*Price shown is for indicative purpose, please check with institution




Virginia Tech

925 Prices Fork Road,



24061, United States

Entry requirement for international students

A Bachelor's degree or a master's degree from an accredited institution

A "B" overall grade point average (3.0 on a 4 point system) in all Sociology courses previously taken

Minimum GPA: 3.25

Testing Requirements:

TOEFL Paper 550.0

Computer 213.0

iBT 80.0

A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required for admission.

Application Deadlines: Fall: Apr 15.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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