Students in the Department of Sociology at UIC are prepared to successfully enter academia or research positions in the public sector. The department accepts only applicants to the program who intend to earn the PhD. Students who do not already have an MA in Sociology will earn one as they complete requirements for the doctorate. Applicants who have an MA degree from another institution will receive degree credit of up to 32 semester hours toward the doctoral degree if approved by the director of graduate studies and the Graduate College at the time of admission. All students must satisfy the course and degree requirements of the MA program.  Interdepartmental concentrations in Gender and Women’s Studies, Latin American and Latino Studies, Survey Research Methodology, Violence Studies, and Women's Health may be available to students in this program.