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Graduate Studies


We are admitting new students to our Ph.D. program for Fall 2024!

Connect with UC Merced's Sociology faculty and learn about graduate study opportunities during this 1-hour webinar and Q&A hosted by Gradaute Chair Dr. Daisy Verduzco Reyes. This will provide an opportunity for potential applicants to learn more about the campus, the department, and the Ph.D. program. You will have an opportunity to ask questions of Dr. Verduzco Reyes and a representative from the Graduate Division. The meetings will be held on the Zoom platform, and we will contact you with sign on information shortly before the event.

Wednesday, November 8, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Register here

Thank you for your interest in our program!

View the Sociology digital brochure

UC Merced's Sociology Ph.D program offers advanced graduate training in several sub-areas of the discipline to prepare students for research-oriented careers as professors and researchers at colleges and univerities, as well as non-academic jobs, such as in non-profit, advocacy, or governmental organizations. Student graduates at Yosemite

Our curriculum provides students with a rigorous education that includes extensive training and experience in social theory, multiple research methods and advanced statistics, as well as several substantive sub-areas in sociology.

Faculty mentors work closely with students to design their study plan and advise their independent research projects for the MA thesis and dissertation. Students choose among graduate concentrations in the following core departmental areas:

  • Race and Ethnicity

  • Gender and Sexuality

  • Health/ Environmental Sociology

  • Political Sociology

  • Social Movements

  • Education

  • Immigration

In addition to these core areas, our faculty also have expertise on environmental sociology, intersectionality, organizations, economic sociology, and law/criminology.


If you are interested in or have questions about sociology’s graduate program, please contact:

Grad Chair email: Daisy Reyes

To apply, visit the UC Merced Graduate Division website.

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

Updated September 2023