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Graduate Program

Graduate Study in the Department of Sociology

Cornell’s Field of Sociology provides top-notch training toward the PhD in Sociology, and has long been known for its emphasis on both theoretical innovation and methodological rigor. The Field, which is much larger than the Department, has close to thirty faculty members. Please read our department profile for information on the substantive and methodological areas in which Cornell excels.

In any given year, Sociology admits 6-8 students into the cohort, and there are close to forty graduate students in the program overall. Graduate education is highly individualized, and candidates for advanced degrees benefit from close relationships with their major professors and other mentors. We are extremely proud of our graduate students’ awards and accomplishments and placements, both inside and outside of academia.

We offer an exceptional funding package for graduate students, and we fund all of the graduate students we admit. The combination of guaranteed funding and Ithaca’s low cost of living allows all students, regardless of their socioeconomic background, to focus on their studies and research. Guaranteed and equal funding also fosters a collaborative and supportive community of graduate students.

On these pages you will find much more information about the graduate program in Sociology. Prospective and current students should also read the official procedures described in the Graduate School’s Thesis and Dissertation Guide, whose information this guide supplements.

If you still have questions after perusing these pages, feel free to ask our Director of Graduate Studies or Graduate Field Assistant.

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