5: Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

General Information | Programs and Degrees Offered | Admission Information
Financial Assistance | Graduate Academic Regulations
Requirements for Specific Graduate Degrees | Departments and Programs | Faculty

Non-Departmental | Anthropology | Art | Asian and Middle Eastern | Asian Studies | Astronomy
Biochemistry | Biology | Biological and Physical Sciences | Biophysics | Cell and Molecular Biology
Cell Biology | Chemistry | Classics | Commerce | Drama | Economics | English | Environmental Sciences
French | German | Government and Foreign Affairs | Health Evaluation Sciences | History | Linguistics
Mathematics | Microbiology | Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics | Music | Neuroscience
Pharmacology | Philosophy | Physics | Psychology | Religious Studies | Russian and East European Studies
Slavic | Sociology | Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese | Statistics | Surgery

Department of Sociology
Course Descriptions | Departmental Degree Requirements

Departmental Degree Requirements

Graduate Program   Students are expected to complete requirements for the M.A. degree before beginning course work toward the Ph.D. For those entering with advanced graduate standing, the department may require additional course work to make up deficiencies.

Master of Arts   Candidates must complete at least 24 credits of graded courses in this department. Prior to the completion of an approved program of course work, each candidate is required to submit an outline of the proposed thesis to a thesis committee. It is expected that the thesis will demonstrate substantive and theoretical knowledge as well as the student’s ability to undertake a scholarly task in a professional way. When the thesis is submitted, the committee evaluates the student’s overall performance in the program and decides whether the student is eligible for the doctoral program.

Fifth-Year Master of Arts   A specially designed one-year program for the Master of Arts is available to students who have completed courses in intermediate statistics and survey or non-survey research methods in their undergraduate program at the University of Virginia.

Program in Sociology and Law   The Department of Sociology, in cooperation with the School of Law, offers a combined program leading to the degrees of J.D. and M.A. Details of the program requirements are available from the Department of Sociology. Direct inquiries to Director, Graduate Admissions Committee.

Doctor of Philosophy   A candidate for the doctorate is expected to complete a minimum of 24 credits of course work in this department beyond the master’s level, pass two comprehensive “field exams,” and write a dissertation based on independent research prior to the completion of course work.

A more detailed statement of the requirements for the M.A. and Ph.D. is available from the department office upon request.


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