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Sociology, Ph.D.

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University rank #561 (QS) New York City, NY, United States
The PhD in Sociology from The New School 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.
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The PhD in Sociology from The New School 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.

To earn the PhD in Sociology, a student must complete 30 credits beyond the MA, including:

  • One sociological methods course besides Logic of Inquiry
  • Four departmental seminars or proseminars
  • Electives up to the total of 60 credits, of which no more than 12 credits may be for courses from other NSSR departments or other divisions at The New School that are not cross-listed in sociology

Detailed Programme Facts

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    Fall Application Deadlines

    • Fellowship Deadline: January 7

    • International Applicant Deadline: June 15

    • Final Deadline for U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents: August 1

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time Part-time
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • 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

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • Transcripts
  • Recommendation Letters
  • Personal Essays
  • Writing Sample
  • Résumé
  • Tests and Test Scores

Tuition Fee

  • International

    2260 USD/credit
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  • National

    2260 USD/credit
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Living costs for New York City

  • 1819 - 3970 USD/month
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