Degree Programs

The Sociology department offers five graduate programs, including the Ph.D. and Master's degrees, two dual degrees, and graduate coursework for non-degree seeking students, classified as Special. The programs, brief descriptions, and instructions on how to apply are listed below. Note that international students have additional requirements. Applications for M.A. and Ph.D. study are reviewed only once a year.

For more information on program requirements, see the Graduate Handbook.

For information on admissions not covered below, please contact our Director of Graduate Admissions, Natasha Sarkisian, at



We cover tuition and pay a stipend for all active Ph.D. students up to five years.

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The Ph.D. program prepares students for a variety of careers as university and college faculty and as researchers and decision makers in business, the public sector, and non-profit organizations. The primary criteria for admission are academic performance and promise of outstanding independent work.

The Master's degree is particularly suitable for students planning to subsequently apply to Ph.D. programs in order to prepare for scholarly careers in teaching at colleges and research universities, although it can also be useful for students interested in practicing sociology in an applied setting (e.g., academic administration or policy research).

Combination Bachelor's and Master's in Sociology in five years. The application process should begin in the first semester of the junior year. Admission is very selective; normally, a student must have an overall GPA of at least 3.5 after five semesters, with at least a 3.5 GPA in sociology courses.

Students who wish to do non-degree coursework may apply as special students. Special students may enroll for no more than 6 hours of course work in any given semester, and should contact the professor in the course in which they wish to enroll prior to the first day of class, in order to confirm permission. (International students are not eligible to be admitted as special students.)