Graduate Program Overview | Department of Sociology

Graduate Program Overview

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Our graduate program aims to develop innovative social scientists with versatile skills in research and teaching that effectively translate to careers in the academy, public sector, and industry. We specialize in a wide range of topics, including culture, inequality, health, immigration, race, gender, and globalization. Our faculty have received global recognition for their research and are regularly featured as experts in major media outlets. Student advising is a core principle of our department. Our faculty work closely with graduate students to support student research, collaborate on co-authored work, and providing all-around mentorship to help students complete their advanced degrees.

We offer three graduate tracks and several certificates. Students in our pass-through PhD program obtain both their master's and PhD degrees in our department. Students who have already obtained a master's degree prior to joining UNT may apply and enroll in our stand-alone PhD program. Lastly, we offer a terminal MS program for students interested in obtaining a master's degree only. Details on these tracks can be found on their respective webpage.

Alongside our three graduate tracks, we also offer two specialized certificates. The Applied Sociology Graduate Certificate combines formal training and experiential learning to promote rigorous, multimethod investigation of pressing social problems and phenomena. Second, our Digital Sociology Graduate Certificate provides cutting-edge training in computational methods and theories used to analyze organic digital data and expand our understanding of the digital landscape. Additional details on our certificates can be found on our certifcates page.

Graduates from our department consistently secure employment in a wide range of academic, applied research, and industry settings. Our doctorates most commonly secure employment as tenure track faculty members or data scientists in research institutes and/or marketing firms. Our master's degree holders more commonly work in applied research or community-based settings. Additional details on alumni placements and employment is found on our alumni page.

Thank you for your interest in our department. There is much more information available on our degree programs, alumni, and faculty on the website. If you'd like to learn more, please reach out to our department's graduate advisor, William Scarborough, at