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Sociology, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 60 months
University rank #531 (QS) , NY,
The PhD in Sociology is designed for students who have completed the Sociology MA at The New School for Social Research or a comparable master's degree from another university.


  • The PhD offers qualified scholars the theories and methods necessary to develop sociological study in innovative and imaginative ways, in sustained treatment of a single topic across disciplinary boundaries and/or subcategories of the field.
  • PhD candidates must earn 30 credits in addition to the 30 credits and MA Examination taken in the Sociology MA program, for a total of 60 credits. Transfer students who already have an MA in sociology (or its equivalent) from another institution may be assigned credit for all or part of their previous graduate studies up to a maximum of 30 credits. Incoming students who already have an MA in sociology from another institution will still be required to take and to pass the Sociology Department MA examination.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 60 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Market Culture: Introduction to Economic Sociology
  •  Power and Domination: Middle East
  • Great Books in Media Research
  • Socialism: Its Past and Future

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

Required application materials

  • Application

Complete the online application.

  • Application Fee

A nonrefundable $50 application fee paid as part of the online application.

  • Transcripts
  • Recommendation Letters

Two letters of recommendation are required for all programs, except for the Gender and Sexuality Certificate, which requires one from a faculty member. 

  • Personal Essays

Degree Applicants: Please describe the academic and intellectual interests, progress, and achievements that have contributed to your decision to apply for postgraduate study. 

  • Writing Sample
  • Résumé

Tuition Fee

  • International

    2180 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2180 USD per credit and a duration of 60 months.
  • National

    2180 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2180 USD per credit and a duration of 60 months.
  • In-State

    2180 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2180 USD per credit and a duration of 60 months.
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Living costs for New York City

  • 1819 - 3970 USD/month
    Living Costs

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