What will I learn?

The Sociology Department offers a Ph.D. degree with an M.A. degree earned en route. We do not offer a separate M.A. terminal degree. All of our graduate students are admitted directly into the Ph.D. program. Those who enter without an M.A. degree and thesis must complete the required M.A. en route to the Ph.D. Although not all students advance to through the program after finishing their M.A. (or at any other point along the way), students enter our program with the initial intent of earning the Ph.D. This document outlines the key requirements associated with each program milestone sociology graduate students must pass en route to their Ph.D. It also includes advice for how to best navigate each milestone and some general guidelines for student performance, professionalization, and conduct.

Crime, Law, and Social Control

Our research area group provides sophisticated training and conducts cutting-edge research on the causes and consequences of crime, law and social control. With seven sociologically-oriented criminologists on our faculty, we are uniquely situated among programs to query the broad structural antecedents and dynamic social processes that undergird crime and justice. Our faculty members and graduate students employ advanced methodologies and analyze state-of-the-art data to contribute to research and theory in the following specializations:

  • Politics of crime, law, and social control
  • Demography of crime and social change
  • Spatial dynamics, urban sociology, and crime
  • Social networks, peers, crime, and delinquency
  • Life course and developmental criminology
  • Gender and crime
  • Sentencing and criminal justice outcomes

We publish in top sociology and criminology journals, and we regularly collaborate with other research areas in the Department, including race/ethnicity, health and medicine, and social movements.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (48 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$25,235.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected April 2022

Start date

Expected August 2022

Venue

College of Arts and Sciences

MSC 03 2120, Ortega Hall 201,

1 University of New Mexico,

ALBUQUERQUE,

New Mexico,

87131, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Earned degree that is the equivalent to a U.S. Bachelor degree. Minimum of a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) on a U.S. 4.0 scale or comparable grade point average in upper-division (junior and senior level) university course work and in any graduate work already completed.

For international students

Earned degree that is the equivalent to a U.S. Bachelor degree. Please note that some bachelor degrees are based on a three-year program and are not considered equivalent to the U.S. bachelor degree.

Academic Preparation: Minimum of a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) on a U.S. 4.0 scale or comparable grade point average in upper-division (junior and senior level) university course work and in any graduate work already completed.

English Proficiency Test Requirements: Graduate TOEFL: PBT – 550; IBT – 79, Graduate IELTS: 6.5, Graduate Pearson Test of English: 53.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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