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Graduate Studies

We are admitting new students to our Ph.D. program for Fall 2021! Applications will be due on January 15, 2021.

Learn more about our program! Professor Irenee Beattie, Graduate Chair of Sociology, will be hosting a Zoom webinar along with current graduate students to help prospective applicants learn about the department, the campus, the admissions process, and our program. You will also have a chance to ask questions. The webinar is scheduled for Friday, November 13 from 2:30-4 p.m.(Pacific). Please register here for this meeting and/or to be added to our mailing list.

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.

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 universities, as well as non-academic jobs, such as in non-profit, advocacy, or governmental organizations.

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

  • 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.

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