Brandeis University

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Sociology - Doctorate


415 South Street, MS 084

Waltham, MA 02453

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Sociology - Doctorate

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Brandeis Department of Sociology is a distinguished small department that has nurtured a distinctive culture and has produced more than two hundred Ph.Ds since the founding of the graduate program in the early 1960s. Its faculty and graduates over the years have done innovative, often pathbreaking work in the discipline, and their engaged scholarship has influenced the formation of significant movements and policies for democratic change. Its founding traditions of European theorizing and "Chicago School" field studies have been continually enriched with feminist and other critical theoretical approaches, as well as through comparative institutional analyses in a globalizing world. While the department offers a range of methods, including historical, quantitative and comparative, the program has specialized in qualitative analysis. In addition to theory and methods, the department currently focuses especially on four substantive areas: Gender and Feminist Studies; Institutions, Culture and Religion; Sociology of Health and Illness; and Politics and Social Change. The department participates in several graduate joint degree programs. These include recently developed joint Ph.D. programs in Sociology and Social Policy with Brandeis' nationally known Heller School for Social Policy and Management, and in Sociology and Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. We also have a joint MA program with Women's and Gender Studies. We encourage you to learn more about our program, located just outside of Boston with its world-renowned academic resources -- an ideal location for internships, research, and career opportunities. As part of the Boston Area Graduate Consortium, Brandeis students are welcome to take advantage of the curricular opportunities at several area schools. Generous scholarships and fellowships are available. Successful applicants to the Ph.D. programs are offered full tuition waivers, a stipend, and health insurance allowance. Most of our master’s students receive generous scholarships in the form of merit- and need-based aid.


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Facts & Figures

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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