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Sociology, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #432 (QS) , MA,
The Sociology Ph.D. Program prepares students for a variety of careers as university and college faculty and as researchers and decision makers in business, the public sector, and non-profit organizations. 

About

Many things make Boston College an attractive site to study sociology. Our graduate program has a longstanding reputation for attracting and training first-rate students with a commitment to social justice and a passion for changing the world. 

Our talented and widely-published faculty are committed to strong research, mentoring, and teaching. They provide in-depth exposure to the central traditions of sociology while encouraging innovative and interdisciplinary research. 

Our Departmental Seminar Series provides an ongoing forum for exposing students and faculty to cutting-edge research, and offers a great opportunity for graduate students to dialogue and develop relations with a wide variety of important sociologists.

Accreditation

Boston College is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and has been accredited by NEASC since 1935.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Qualitative and Mixed Methods 
  • Multivariate Statistics 
  • Quantitative Data Management 
  • Empirical Research Seminar 
  • Contemporary Social Theory 
  • Event History and Event Sequence Analysis 
  • Second Year Graduate Writing Seminar 
  • Environmental Sociology Workshop I 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    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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  • Minimum required score:

    100

    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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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

  • GRE General Test
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Writing sample of no more than 20 pages
  • TOEFL/IELTS for international applicants

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1634 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1634 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    1634 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1634 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Tuition fees per credit.

Funding

The purpose of internal BC funding opportunities is to assist BC faculty members in starting a line of inquiry and in competing for external funds.Research Expense Grants (REG) help to finance the smaller expenses of doing research. The maximum for a single REG is $2,000. All tenured and tenure-track faculty are eligible to apply for these grants.Research Incentive Grants (RIG), are worth up to a total of $15,000 (including one month's summer salary). Every year at least 15 RIGs are awarded on a competitive basis. All regular, full-time, tenure-track faculty members are eligible to apply for these grants.The Ignite Program helps BC researchers remain competitive by providing rapid access to funds. Awards are distributed three times per year, with 3-4 awards per cycle, up to $30,000.Research Across Departments and Schools (RADS) supports interdisciplinary research projects between faculty in different disciplines, departments, and schools across Boston College. The Vice Provost for Research (VPR) will support five projects annually for up to $50,000.

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