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What is Sociology?

The Doctor of Philosophy in sociology provides training in theory and research methods beyond the MA. The department is a vibrant intellectual space, centered in the multiple research projects of our faculty members and students. We specialize in the study of social inequality. More specifically, our faculty focus on community and urban sociology, health and medicine, race and ethnicity, and gender and class. We encourage prospective graduate students interested in these issues to join us.

The PhD program provides both teaching and research experience for students in the course of their graduate work. Most graduates get academic jobs, but some choose research oriented jobs in government or private sector.

The PhD program meets the needs of the State of Ohio and the tri-state region by training students for academic teaching positions at universities and colleges, and for research positions in firms, hospitals, and government agencies. The department is committed to diversity, and draws students from around the U.S. and internationally. In addition, the department has a reputation for a friendly collegial atmosphere and has an excellent placement record of graduates into appropriate employment.

Freshman Admission Requirements

  • Transcripts from all undergraduate work and from M.A. or M.S. degree program(s) 
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A statement of purpose explaining why you have decided to pursue graduate education in sociology, and specifically addressing how your interests fit with those of department faculty 
  • GRE – the verbal, quantitative and analytical aptitude tests. 
  • For applicants from countries where English is not a national language: Minimum TOEFL scores: 600 (paper), 250 (computerized), or 100 (internet)

Application Deadlines

Completed applications for admission and for financial aid should be received by January 15 for admission to graduate study for fall semester, although the department will consider applications after that date if space is available. If you would like to submit an electronic application for the Sociology Ph.D. Program please visit our On-Line Graduate School Application and complete the form.

In order to complete the admissions process, you need to visit the Sociology Program website for information about application requirements or to inquire about materials that need to be submitted when applying to this program.


The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Quick Facts

Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Sociology

Full-Time Program Duration

5 Years


Uptown Campus West

Admission Criteria



Crosley 1004
301 Clifton Ct.
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0378
Phone: 513-556-4704
Jeffrey Timberlake, PhD