Why study 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, specifically in the areas of community and urban sociology, health and medicine, race and ethnicity, and gender and sexuality. We encourage prospective graduate students interested in these issues to join us. The department is committed to diversity, drawing students from around the U.S. and internationally, and has a reputation for a friendly, collegial atmosphere.  

Admission Requirements

  • Transcripts from all undergraduate coursework and from M.A. or M.S. degree program(s) 
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • A statement of purpose explaining why you wish to pursue graduate education in sociology, specifically addressing how your interests fit with those of the department faculty. 
  • A sample of your best academic writing
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • For International Applicants Only: Evidence of English language proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, Duolingo) for all applicants who were educated in a country where the official national language is not English.

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.  

Application Deadlines

Completed applications for admission and for financial aid (FAFSA) should be received by January 15th for admission to graduate study for that year's fall semester, although the department will consider applications for admission only (without funding opportunities) up until April 1st of that year. Please visit our Online Graduate Application page to apply.

While filling out your application, you may wish to visit the Sociology Program website for information 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.

Contact Information

Jeffrey Timberlake, PhD
Crosley 1004
301 Clifton Ct.
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0378

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Program Code: 15DOC-SOC-PHD