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Graduate Studies

UC Merced’s Sociology Ph.D. program offers advanced graduate training. For the 2019-20 academic year, we will consider applications for the Ph.D. degree in Sociology.

Students researching in sociology lab
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

View the Sociology digital brochure

To apply, visit the UC Merced Graduate Division website.

(*Indicate on your application that you are applying to the Sociology Ph.D. Program)


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