Sociology (SO75)

The graduate program in sociology at the University of California, San Diego is organized on the basis of programs of specialization in comparative and historical sociology, the sociology of culture, social inequalities, and science, technology, and medicine. It is designed to prepare students for two main goals: to contribute to the increase of knowledge about societies and thereby advance the discipline of sociology; and to teach sociology at the graduate and undergraduate levels. The majority of graduates from the program find teaching and research positions in colleges and universities, although some also work in non-academic research and social policy positions.

Program Info

Area of Study Division of Social Sciences
Department Sociology
Major Sociology
Degree Doctor of Philosophy
Admissions Terms Fall
Additional Notes

While the master of arts degree may be awarded as a step toward the completion of the PhD, applicants seeking only an MA degree are not accepted. Students admitted for a PhD with a master’s degree in Sociology or a related discipline may not be candidates for a second master’s degree.

Application Deadlines January 10, 2019 (Fall 2019)

Basic Requirement

Admissions Tests

GRE General is required.

English Proficiency Exams

(international applicants only)

A test of English language proficiency is required for international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution in which English is the language of instruction and in a country where English is a dominant language.

The following test(s) are accepted by this department:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
PTE (Pearson Test of English)

Letters of Recommendation

Minimum of 3 recommendations required.

Statement of Purpose


Online Statement of Purpose only; 2500 word limit



Contact Info

Campus Office 401 Social Science Building
Phone (858) 534-4626
Fax (858) 534-4753
Mailing Address
University of California, San Diego
Department of Sociology
9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0533
La Jolla, CA, 92093-0533