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Development Sociology, Ph.D.

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University rank #13 (ARWU) Ithaca, NY, United States
The Ph.D. program emphasizes community, regional, and state organizations, as well as the world system and development processes in these contexts. The program offers preparation for research, for the application of sociology in public-service work, for development work in the United States and other countries, and for college teaching in sociology, rural sociology, and related fields.
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  • Faculty in the field rely on a wide range of domestic and international funding to support research and graduate students. Some field members use New York State Agricultural Experiment Station funding to support studies of sustainable agricultural practices; small-town growth and decline; employment trends in non-metropolitan areas; the social organization of agriculture; multi-county and regional development; environmental problems; and the social impact of advanced agricultural techniques.
  • Research abroad includes studies of small-farmer agriculture in the context of globalization, processes of village and regional development, political ecology, and social demography. Students and faculty members are actively conducting research in South America, Latin America, China, Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Africa. Many of these studies deal with the relationship of agricultural production to social organization, the conditions of growth (and marginalization) for communities and regions, and the relation of demographic trends to all of those.

For the Ph.D. degree, students are expected to demonstrate 

  • a thorough knowledge of social theory, with special emphasis on theories in their major concentration, 
  • knowledge of previous and current research pertinent to the concentration, 
  • knowledge of multiple research methods, with special emphasis on research design, data collection, and analytical techniques relevant to study in the concentration.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Concentrations by Subject:

  • Development Sociology (Minor)
  • Methods Of Social Research (Minor)
  • Population And Development
  • Rural And Environmental Sociology
  • State, Economy, And Society

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

  • all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam for Non-Native English Applicants
  • three recommendations
  • GRE general test

Applicants are required to submit GRE general test scores. Completion of a master's degree in sociology or a closely related field at an institution of recognized standing is prerequisite to acceptance in the Ph.D. program. International students who are offered admission must provide evidence of adequate financial support for the duration of study here.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    20800 USD/year
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  • National

    20800 USD/year
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Living costs for Ithaca

  • 1128 - 2460 USD/month
    Living Costs

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The graduate field of Development Sociology accepts students on the basis of merit and compatibility of their interests with research and teaching in the field.  At the time of admission, students admitted to the MS/PhD program are offered 5 years of support and students admitted to the PhD program are offered 4 years of support. Beyond that, students will be considered for additional years of support based on funding availability. Most students are funded by a combination of research assistantships, teaching assistantships, fellowships, and/or funds they raise themselves through competitive grants at one time or another in their graduate school careers. 

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