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Doctoral Program in Sociology

The Ph.D. program which was launched Fall 2008 emphasizes research and instruction in social inequality.

The Ph.D. program in Sociology will address some of the most pressing public concerns including access to health care; new immigrants and barriers to their assimilation; neighborhood-level race relations; educational attainment for first-generation college students and social and environmental sustainability. The application deadline to be admitted for Fall 2016 is January 15, 2016.  Please note that the university is moving toward a one-stop application process which will be finalized and available for prospective students in mid-summer.

Please bookmark this page and return in the summer for a new online application.

Please note that this is not an online Ph.D. program.


  • Ph.D. Students must have completed a master's degree in sociology, or a related field prior to beginning the Ph.D. program.
  • Students with a master's degree from a discipline other than sociology will need to complete the following sociology core graduate courses in their first year (Soc 590, Soc 591, Soc 592, Soc 593). Similar courses taken in other disciplines may be transferred. Transfer credits will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
  • Applicants must have taken the GRE exam (This is a new requirement).

Course requirements are in the process of changing.  We will post updates as soon as they are available.