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Graduate Program

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.

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Funding

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.

Joint Programs

In addition to the regular PhD in Sociology, the Field offers a joint PhD program in Sociology and Policy Analysis and Management (PAM). Students apply to Sociology, and, if admitted, complete all the requirements for and earn a Sociology PhD. Their funding comes from PAM, and most of their TA and RA assignments will be with Field members from PAM, although they may form a special committee chaired by any Field member. The joint program is ideal for students who want to earn a PhD in Sociology with a policy focus.

Sociology students can also earn a PhD Minor in Demography through the Cornell Population Center.

Need more Information?

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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