Graduate Studies

UC Merced’s Sociology PhD program offers advanced graduate training. For the 2017-18 academic year, we will consider applications for the Ph.D. degree in Sociology.

Students researching in sociology lab
UCM Sociology Graduate Students in Research Methods Course

Student graduates at Yosemite
Sociology Graduate Student Weekend 

Our curriculum provides students a rigorous education. Students receive extensive training and experience in social theory, multiple research methods and advanced statistics. Students choose among graduate concentrations in the following areas:

  • Social Inequality (Gender, Race/Ethnicity, Social Class, Sexuality)
  • Political Sociology and Social Movements
  • Education
  • Immigration

Sociology Learning Outcomes at the Graduate Level
By the time students have completed their Ph.D., they will be able to:

  • Synthesize, critique, apply, and extend major sociological theories.
  • Critique and evaluate qualitative and quantitative sociological research methods.
  • Design and conduct independent research that makes an original contribution to sociological knowledge.
  • Synthesize, critique, and identify extensions to previous empirical and theoretical work in at least two substantive areas of the discipline.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, about sociological theories, arguments, methods, and concepts.
  • Be socialized into the profession. This can include attending a conference, organizing a session, presenting research, reviewing a journal article, peer mentoring, and otherwise participating in the organizational life of the program .

Graduate Course Plan (Click Here)

Policies and Procedures Guide (Click Here)

Sociology Graduate Program Unit Requirements (Click Here)

For Graduate Admissions to UC Merced, refer to this site.
(*Indicate on your application that you are applying to the Sociology PhD Program)

If you are interested in graduate studies, please contact Associate Professor Irenee Beattie, graduate chair of Sociology.

Sociology Department Chair
Paul Almeida, Professor
Sociology Graduate Chair
Irenee Beattie, Associate Professor
Sociology Undergraduate Chair
Edward Flores, Associate Professor
Sociology (General)
Sociology (Graduate)
Sociology Mailing Address
University of California, Merced
5200 North Lake Road
Merced, CA 95343
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