Ranked #12 among all public sociology programs in the U.S. (U.S. News & World Report), the UCI graduate program in sociology offers students six years of guaranteed funding. Scholars in the department have a proven record of earning competitive research funding from national agencies including the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health; from private foundations including the Russell Sage Foundation and Grant Foundation; and from campus-level fellowships, such as the Public Impact, Fletcher Jones and Chancellor’s Club fellowships.
Campus is located less than 10 miles from Newport Beach.
Admitted students receive 6 years of guaranteed funding.
Quantitative, qualitative and multi-method approaches to social issues.
Ph.D.; a master's degree is earned
while in pursuit of the Ph.D.
Full-time, on-campus with housing.
- Harvard University
- Tulane University
- University College of London
- University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
- University of Colorado, Denver
- University of Florida
- University of Tokyo
- University of Washington
- U.S. Census Bureau
- Economy, inequality, labor & organizations
- Gender & family
- Global Inequality & change
- Political sociology
- Social movements
- Race & ethnicity
- Social networks
This past year, UCI sociologists brought in more than $1 million in external grant funding. Faculty in the department publish regularly in the field’s top academic journals, and graduate students have incredible opportunities to publish alongside them.
And if that wasn’t enough, the UCI campus is located less than 10 miles from Newport Beach, is the #1 university doing the most for the American dream (New York Times College Access Index), and the #1 ranked best college in the U.S. (Money Magazine). And USA Today College ranked UCI the #8 place to earn a sociology degree.
UCI sociology is internationally recognized for research and training that supports studies across the spectrum of quantitative, qualitative and multi-method approaches to social issues.
Sociology faculty contribute not only to the department and the wider field but also to the campus’s interdisciplinary units, providing leadership and core faculty to the institutes and centers. Students have an opportunity to earn a master’s degree while in pursuit of their Ph.D., and are encouraged to enroll in interdisciplinary coursework. In short, graduate students in sociology at UCI join a vibrant, collegial, rigorous academic program, with instruction from leading experts in the field, and a collaborative atmosphere that fosters success.
Alumni have entered tenure-track positions at top research universities, highly competitive
post-doctoral positions, and research-oriented jobs in both the public and private
"A top 10-ranked program with research strengths
in population, family, immigration, and inequality."
"The sociology department's research interests are incredibly diverse, from internationally known scholars working on quantitative and qualitative methodology to social movements, gender and race and immigration - it's because of that pluralism that you really get a full understanding of how your research can impact wider audiences than you ever thought possible," Connor says.
"Life as a graduate student at UCI is what you'd expect from being in Orange County - sunny, energizing, dynamic; the campus is always bubbling and churning with smiles and passion," Connor says. "We go to the beach, Los Angeles, San Diego, Joshua Tree National Park - we're situated in this nexus of culture and dynamism, diversity and nature and you see that in the ways in which people interact in the classroom and discussions, and also in the way that students and faculty work together."
Scholars in the department - like Connor - have a proven record of earning competitive research funding from national agencies including the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health; from private foundations including the Russell Sage Foundation and Grant Foundation; and from campus-level fellowships, such as the Public Impact, Fletcher Jones and Chancellor's Club fellowships.
If full funding, opportunities to publish, and a proven track record of excellence in the field are what you’re looking for in a graduate program, contact us today to learn more about UCI sociology.
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