The Department of Sociology through the Graduate School offers incoming doctoral students five years of guaranteed financial support, including a stipend and health and dental insurance subsidies, through mechanisms including teaching and research assistantships, fellowships, and traineeships. Students in good standing normally receive a fellowship in the first year of study and for one year after advancing to doctoral candidacy. The course of study for the sociology PhD is designed to be completed in five years and students are encouraged to do so. Students who need additional time and extend their course of study beyond five years must remain in good standing and will be encouraged to secure external funding.

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