Sociology PhD Programs in Texas

Students who want to pursue advanced research or teaching careers in sociology can consider the doctoral degrees offered by these six universities in Texas. Learn about the Ph.D. in Sociology program offerings, credit requirements, and tuition costs of these schools.

University of Texas at Austin

The University of Texas at Austin offers a Ph.D. in Sociology program with specializations in demography, crime, law and deviance, education, family, gender, health, politics and development, race and ethnicity, work and organizations, and theory. All tracks require 42 hours of coursework, but students with a master's degree can transfer up to 24 hours of graduate credits; those without a master's will complete a master's thesis during the program. The curriculum, which can take 5-6 years to finish, includes core courses in classical and contemporary sociological theory, social statistics, and research methods; students are expected to complete their coursework and master's thesis in the second year, take comprehensive exams in the third year, and work on their dissertation during the last 2-3 years of the program.

Texas Woman's University

The doctoral program in sociology at Texas Woman's University features concentrations in race and ethnicity, social inequality, immigration, criminology, religion, culture, family violence, social psychology, medical sociology, and urban and community sociology. Students need to complete 12 semester hours in one major specialty area and another 12 hours in one minor area. This Ph.D. in Sociology program requires 91 credit hours, including up to 30 credits from a master's degree; some courses are available online or in a hybrid format, but most classes are offered on campus in the evening or late afternoon.

Texas A&M University, College Station

Texas A&M University's College Station campus offers a Ph.D. in Sociology program that requires 96 credit hours for students with a baccalaureate degree and 64 credit hours for those with a master's or advanced medical degrees; the curriculum can be completed in five years on a full-time basis. This sociology program features concentration areas in crime and deviance, culture, demography, social sociology, politics and economics, and race and gender; students must choose one major area of study, which requires four courses, and one minor area, which entails three courses.

University of North Texas

The doctoral program in sociology at the University of North Texas requires 90 credit hours, which include 12 credits in research methods and statistics, six credits in sociological theory, 12 credits each in a primary concentration area and a secondary concentration or minor field, six credits of electives, and nine credits of dissertation. Students must work with their advisors to select a concentration area, preferably one related to the current sections determined by the American Sociological Association. Candidates with no master's degree in sociology can finish the program in five years while those with a sociology master's can earn a doctoral degree in three years.

Baylor University

Baylor University's doctoral program in sociology offers specializations in community analytics, health and society, and sociology of religion. Ph.D. students can finish the program in five years and earn a master's degree in the process of completing the doctoral curriculum. The community analytics track provides training in survey methodology, needs assessment, focus group and key respondent research skills, demographic modeling, and statistical techniques and programs; the health and society track focuses on population health, epidemiology, gerontology, health disparities, and mental health; while the religion track covers topics on religious organizations, family and religion, religious deviance, and race and gender issues in religion.

Rice University

The Ph.D. in Sociology program at Rice University requires 90 credit hours and features specialized training in population health, gender, culture and religion, race/ethnicity, and urban and community. The curriculum includes core courses in social theory, research methods, quantitative data analysis, and statistical computer programming. The program is designed to be completed in five years of full-time study, with students earning a master's degree after two years; students with a master's degree from another institution may transfer up to nine credits, subject to the department's approval.

School Name Programs Offered Average Graduate Tuition (2018-2019)*
University of Texas at Austin Ph.D. in Sociology $11,742 in-state, $22,564 out-of-state
Texas Woman's University Ph.D. in Sociology $4,852 in-state, $12,322 out-of-state
Texas A&M University, College Station Ph.D. in Sociology $6,552 in-state, $17,904 out-of-state
University of North Texas Ph.D. in Sociology $5,450 in-state, $12,920 out-of-state
Baylor University Ph.D. in Sociology $30,888
Rice University Ph.D. in Sociology $37,855

Source: *NCES College Navigator

A Ph.D. in Sociology program equips students with advanced training in quantitative and qualitative research methods, statistical analysis, and sociological theories. Students can choose from several schools in Texas with this program, many which offer specialization options in areas of study such as demography, criminology, social and economic inequality, education, religion, and culture.