2021-22 Academic Year Update
Sociology PhD Program: Due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Sociology has made the difficult decision to pause admission to our 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 PhD applications again in September 2021 for fall 2022 admission.
Joint MA in Sociology and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies: We will be accepting applications for our Joint Masters program for Fall 2021 admission.
Applicants for any of the graduate degree programs are required to upload:
A completed application form.
Statement of purpose.
- Letters of recommendation, submitted online. Two letters are required for the Sociology PhD program.
Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all universities and colleges attended must be uploaded to your application.
- Resume or CV.
- GRE Scores - For the upcoming graduate admissions cycle (Fall 2021 entry), the Department of Sociology will be GRE test scores optional.
- TOEFL score (if applicable).
- A sample of your written work.
- Application fee.
The online application and additional application details are available on the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences website.
The deadline for completed PhD applications is Dec 15.
All students accepted into the PhD program in Sociology receive full tuition and fellowship support.
The fellowship may be renewed for up to five years conditional on satisfactory performance. While on fellowship funding, PhD students are required to act as teaching or research fellows as part of their fellowship support. PhD students also receive tuition remission through the university through their fifth year. Some teaching jobs beyond the fifth year may be available at Brandeis and other local colleges. Students admitted into the joint Sociology & Women's, Gender, and Sexuality studies Master's degree program may apply to GSAS for partial (up to 50 percent) tuition remission, and may be eligible for a grant from the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program.
Students admitted into the joint Sociology & Women's, Gender, and Sexuality studies Master's degree program may apply to GSAS for partial (up to 50 percent) tuition remission, and may be eligible for a grant from the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program.
Advanced students in the PhD program may transfer some course credit for relevant work done elsewhere. This can be used to satisfy department and university residence requirements. Students apply for transfer credit after completing a year in the program.