Top 10 Graduate Sociology Schools

Top 10 Graduate Sociology Schools

Students who pursue graduate degrees in sociology normally have wide ranges of interest. This discipline may include the study of local populations within the U.S., as well as the study of international relationships and populations and communities that have seldom been studied or researched. This is a discipline that requires extensive field research and writing. Many students in PhD degree programs will publish their studies in academic journals and teach while completing the degree.

This list contains some of the top sociology graduate schools in the country. The list is based on the finding of U.S. News and World Report. While there are many schools that have not made this and which also offer top of the line programs, these schools are unarguably some of the most innovative sociology schools in the country that produce leaders in a number of different sociological fields and disciplines.

  1. University of California--Berkeley The Department of Sociology accepts about 10% of all applicants each year and produces some of the most prominent scholars and researchers in the field. Every year, dissertations produced by this department win national contests and are published in a number of influential journals.
  2. University of Wisconsin--Madison This department allows students to concentrate on both community projects and work related to international relations. The department also hosts a special program that allows students from disadvantaged communities all over the world to study here and develop the kind of knowledge and understanding necessary to solving a number of global problems related to poverty, violence, and other major topics.
  3. Princeton University This department only offers PhD degree programs for graduate students. The department is selective and looks for students who are already experienced and accomplished and who have a unique and creative outlook on sociological issues.
  4. University of Michigan--Ann Arbor The Department of Sociology is considered to be one of the most well funded in the country. The faculty members in this department are considered to be some of the most well renowned scholars in their fields. Students are encouraged toward interdisciplinary study that focuses on the tenets of pluralism and diversity.
  5. Harvard University Considered one of the leading departments for research and scholarship, students in the PhD track may study organizational behavior and social policy. Students concentrate on topics such as economic sociology and complex sociological systems related to ethnic identity, race, and poverty.
  6. Stanford University This department offers both an M.A. and PhD degree programs. The department focuses on helping students to understand new social organizations and new social issues, including new trends and poverty and new social policies. Students have access to the most cutting edge research.
  7. University of Chicago This department offers a PhD program and an M.A. program. While the master's program is developed to introduce and prepare students for a PhD degree track, students may also explore a number of master's degree options that do not require PhD completion.
  8. University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill This school offers a PhD degree program that prepares students for some of the top research and teaching positions in the country.
  9. Northwestern University The Department of Sociology offers a PhD degree. Students begin by learning about theories and methods that they will need to better understand the field. Students then go on to research their independent areas of study.
  10. University of California--Los Angeles The department offers a PhD track that begins students with a master's level study that will introduce them to advanced methods and research. Students then pursue independent study.
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