The University of Chicago | Graduate Admissions

Sociology - PhD

Division: Social Sciences
Degree Type: PhD (For the MA degree, see the Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences)

Program Description

The Department of Sociology at the University of Chicago is among the great sociology departments of the world. Founded in 1892 as the first sociology department in the United States, Chicago has a proud tradition of creative and foundational work.

Chicago graduates and faculty have shaped sociological subfields from stratification and demography to deviance and urban studies. They have originated methodologies from path analysis and log-linear modeling to urban ethnography. Diverse in interests, methodologies, theories, and politics, faculty and students at Chicago are unified in their intensity of intellectual commitment, in their attempt to combine rigorous inquiry with mutual intellectual respect, and in their aspiration to continuously reimagine sociology as a framework for social inquiry.

In an academic division with some of the best social science departments in this country, Sociology encourages cross-departmental course registrations, cross-departmental topical workshops, and MA and PhD committees that cross traditional divisional boundaries. To that end, prospective students considering work at Chicago should also examine the web pages of other departments and schools within the University (e.g., Political Science, Economics, Anthropology, Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, Chicago Booth School of Business, and Social Service Administration).

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Application Method

Applications should be initiated through the online application. Paper applications are not accepted.


Deadline for admissions and financial aid: December 15

The Department of Sociology admits applicants once a year for the following Autumn Quarter. Applications received after the deadline cannot be considered.

Campus Visits

Campus visits and interviews are not required. Contact the department for more information.

Degree Objective

The Department of Sociology admits applicants only for the PhD degree. We do not offer an MA program. If you are interested in pursuing an MA focusing in Sociology, look at the Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences (MAPSS).

Application Requirements

  1. Online Application Form and Supplemental Form
  2. Non-refundable application fee Fee waiver information »
  3. 3 Letters of Recommendation
  4. GRE and TOEFL Scores
  5. Statement of Academic Purpose
  6. Writing Sample
  7. Resume/CV
  8. Transcripts
  9. Supplemental Data Form

Admissions Decisions

Admissions decisions are emailed in early March. Direct all questions about your application directly to the admissions office.

Program Requirements

For an overview of program requirements, please visit the Sociology Department website

Costs & Financial Aid

As a general principle, we provide extensive funding for all students who matriculate in our doctoral programs. Applicants to our doctoral programs are considered for all fellowship resources at the University of Chicago for which they are eligible.

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