• Application Deadline
  • 72 months
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The Sociology Doctoral Program’s faculty, alumni, and students are notable for their roots in the discipline of sociology, as well as their contributions and leadership in the interdisciplinary health sciences. We are one of the most highly ranked graduate programs in sociology nationwide: the National Research Council in 2010 ranked our program 6th-20th out of a field of 118 sociology doctoral programs. Additionally, UCSF ranks among the top (16th) global universities for social science and public health. 

Their faculty, students, and alumni have been recognized for their works and accomplishments with support from funders such as the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, and with prestigious awards from such professional organizations as the American Sociological Association, the Society for Social Studies of Science, the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, and the Society for the Study of Social Problems. 

Their graduates have forged successful careers as critical and engaged sociologists in a variety of settings, including in academia, research institutes, government, and the non-profit sector.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 72 months
    • Duration description

      The average time to degree for students in the Doctoral Program in Sociology is between 5 and 7 years.

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The Sociology Doctoral Program's features are:

  • Extensive training in both general sociological theory and sociology of health, illness, and medicine
  • Required, rigorous methodological training in both quantitative and qualitative research methods that includes hands-on learning through the conduct of original research
  • Specializations in  Global Health And Global Health Policy; Race, Class, Gender And Health Disparities and Science, Technology, And Medicine Studies
  • Faculty with additional expertise in aging, genomics, HIV/AIDS, and violence as a health issue.
  • Commitments to social justice and reducing health inequalities that pervade the curriculum and the research of faculty and students.

English Language Requirements

You need the following TOEFL iBT ® score:

  • 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.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Application Requirements
  • Applicants are accepted from candidates with either a bachelor's or master's degree in sociology or a related social science or professional field
  • The Statement of Purpose (three to five pages)
  • Personal History (three to five pages) 
  • Official Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • GRE within five years
  • At least two letters of recommandation
  • A recent CV or Résumé is required
  • A single-authored example of Scholarly Writing
  • The application fee is $105 (US applicants). International Applicants pay an application fee of $125

Tuition Fee

  • International

    33095 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 33095 USD per year and a duration of 72 months.
  • National

    33095 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 33095 USD per year and a duration of 72 months.
  • In-State

    17993 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17993 USD per year and a duration of 72 months.
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Living costs for San Francisco

  • 2206 - 4120 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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