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The deadline for completed Ph.D. applications is December 15.

We consider applicants to our M.A. program through April 16.

We consider applications to our joint M.A. program in Sociology and Women & Gender Studies through February 1.

The deadline for current Heller Ph.D. students to apply for the joint Ph.D. degree with Sociology  is April 1.

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If you have specific questions about our graduate programs, please contact our graduate administrator, Lauren Jordahl.

To receive information from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, please visit the GSAS website.

Graduate Programs In Sociology

Photo of Carmen Sirianni's class.We are a small department that achieves a great deal. Our virtues include innovation, faculty accessibility to students, a high level of communication, minimal bureaucracy and a collegial atmosphere of mutual respect. We offer flexibility in our program without sacrificing intellectual standards to allow students the opportunity to define individual research interests and courses of study. The training we provide is selective, focused and deep.

Our program boasts five areas of study and expertise:

  • Gender and feminist studies
  • Medical sociology
  • Politics and social change
  • Culture and religion
  • Theory and methods

Since its founding, the department has had a distinct culture that links the key normative questions of democracy, social justice and the good life to the critical traditions of European and American social thought and Chicago School methods of rich ethnographic fieldwork in communities and institutions.

We oblige students to formulate questions of social and analytical importance in "big picture" terms and submit these questions to the test of rigorous qualitative research. While we have added comparative and historical methods over the years, as well as quantitative methods, our center of gravity has remained the qualitative analysis of institutional change.

Our program strives to promote conceptual vitality, autonomous thinking, engagement with the empirical world and critical analysis. We train our students to think theoretically and to investigate their ideas with methodological rigor.

Our graduates have consistently been on the cutting edge of critical work in sociology; their books and articles have won recognition and awards, and have changed the public agenda in important ways. We value innovative teaching and make every attempt to ensure that our students have the opportunity to develop teaching skills, explore new pedagogies and collaborate with us in making the department an exciting place.

Graduate Degree In Sociology

The department offers five graduate degree programs.

  • The doctoral program that leads to a Ph.D. in sociology. Students enrolled in this program may elect to earn an MA in sociology or a joint master's degree in sociology and women's and gender studies along the way to the Ph.D.
  • A joint doctoral program in sociology and social policy with the Heller School for Social Policy and Management.
  • A joint doctoral program in sociology and Near Eastern and Judaic Studies.
  • A master's program that leads to an MA in sociology.
  • A joint master's program in sociology and women's and gender studies that leads to an MA in sociology and women's and gender studies.

There are specific course tracks and requirements for each of these programs.