Brandeis University

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences



415 South Street, MS 084

Waltham, MA 02453

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Joint MA with Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, PhD, Joint PhD with Social Policy

Format: Campus

Program Description:

From its founding, Brandeis University's Sociology Department has been a distinguished small department with a distinct culture. Our culture links the key normative questions of democracy, social justice, and the good life to the critical traditions of European and American social thought and Chicago School methods of rich ethnographic fieldwork in communities and institutions. The graduate program's goal has been to oblige students to formulate questions of social and analytical importance in "big picture" terms and submit these questions to the test of rigorous qualitative research.

The Department of Sociology has three core areas of graduate teaching and faculty expertise:

  • Gender and Feminist Studies
  • Medical Sociology
  • Culture and Social Change

In addition to our three main topical areas, the department also provides students with a thorough training in theory and methodology. The department's long tradition of cutting edge theory and qualitative research has been deepened and renovated over the years since Everett Hughes, Kurt Wolff, Lewis Coser and Egon Bittner gave them their distinctive stamp.

Our theory curriculum covers classical, contemporary, and critical social theory. Methodological training includes field methods and ethnography, as well as comparative, historical and quantitative research. Many faculty and students also combine their research with an active engagement in social movements, community and institutional renewal, and efforts at building peace, civil rights, environmental sustainability and social justice.


New England Association of Schools and Colleges

Eligibility Requirements:

All applicants must have obtained a bachelor's degree or the international equivalent prior to matriculation. Applicants are considered holistically on the basis of a number of factors. In most cases, previous work as an undergraduate major or as a formal minor (18 credits or more) is desirable. However, an applicant should always check with the Sociology department concerning the suitability of previous academic work as it pertains to the degree program in question.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Loans Offered: A variety of loan programs, including the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan and the TERI Continuing Education Loan, may be available to Graduate Professional Studies students who meet this criteria.

Locale: Midsize Suburb

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