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*Due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sociology department has made the difficult decision to pause admission to its PhD program for the 2021-2022 academic year. Forgoing a cohort of new students will allow us to prioritize support for our current graduate students, which we believe is the most ethical action we can take in these circumstances. We will accept applications again in September 2021 for fall 2022 admission.*


From its founding, Brandeis University's Sociology Department has been a distinguished small department with a distinct culture.  Our culture 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. The graduate program's goal has been to 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. Read more about our programs on the department's website. Application instructions can be found below.

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How to Apply

Application Deadlines

PhD: December 15

Joint PhD in Social Policy and Sociology: April 1

MA in Sociology and Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies: February 1

Application Requirements

To apply for the program, you need to submit:

For a more comprehensive description of application requirements, please visit Frequently Asked Questions.