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  1. I decided to start this thread as I am beginning the process of applying to (mostly) Sociology PhD programs for Fall 2023!
  2. I'll be completing my Masters in Public Policy by next spring, and am thinking about programs to pursue after that (I applied to a joint degree in sociology and social policy this past cycle and was waitlisted/ultimately rejected). I will likely apply to the sociology program again, but am wondering if having a PhD in social policy, on top of the MPP, is a good option to consider. For background - I'm looking to a career in academic, as a professor, focusing on research surrounding education policy reform. I've enjoyed taking a sociological angle at studying this work thus far (I'm published and continue to do research in this space outside of my full-time job/school). However, I recognize that I could approach grad school in various ways in order to get to this goal - one of which may be considering a social policy PhD. My question is, would this be redundant after the MPP? The university I'm currently at (Brandeis) has a very strong social policy program; however, there's overlap in my MPP courses and PhD courses (maybe 5 of those I've taken so far are also doctoral core or elective classes). A second question - what types of other PhD programs should I consider applying to? For example, I'm now wondering if an Ed.D or PhD in education could be good options. I'd love any suggestions or insight into this, thanks so much in advance!
  3. I'll be completing my Masters in Public Policy by next spring, and am thinking about programs to pursue after that (I applied to a joint degree in sociology and social policy this past cycle and was waitlisted/ultimately rejected). I will likely apply to the sociology program again, but am wondering if having a PhD in social policy, on top of the MPP, is a good option to consider. For background - I'm looking to a career in academic, as a professor, focusing on research surrounding education policy reform. I've enjoyed taking a sociological angle at studying this work thus far (I'm published and continue to do research in this space outside of my full-time job/school). However, I recognize that I could approach grad school in various ways in order to get to this goal - one of which may be considering a social policy PhD. My question is, would this be redundant after the MPP? The university I'm currently at (Brandeis) has a very strong social policy program; however, there's overlap in my MPP courses and PhD courses (maybe 5 of those I've taken so far are also doctoral core or elective classes). A second question - what types of other PhD programs should I consider applying to? For example, I'm now wondering if an Ed.D or PhD in education could be good options. I'd love any suggestions or insight into this, thanks so much in advance!
  4. I applied Maryland, but. did not get acceptance or reject letters. I wonder what does that mean... Has anyone experienced the same thing as me? Thank you so much!
  5. So I got waitlisted at the start of March to my top choice Sociology PhD program, and went through the motions of following up to say thank you for letting me know/disappointed I didn't get accepted in the first wave but you're still my top choice/sent an updated resume because a piece I had under review when I applied was accepted for publication that same week. Talked to one of my rec writers who's a professor in that very department, he spoke to the admissions committee chair and didn't get much out of her but has been poking every couple of weeks. I intend to reach back out to them tomorrow, as a couple of weeks have passed since I last checked in, but I'm now wondering if it would be of any benefit to reach out to another person who wrote a rec letter for me - another professor in the soc department. If I did, what should I say? I figure something along the lines of 'thanks again for writing me a letter, I heard back and got waitlisted, can we meet to discuss the implications of this'? Or something else? What have people in similar situations done before? Thank you!
  6. Hi there! I haven't been able to connect with other waitlisted folks for York University's Sociology program. I saw a couple of people posting that they were accepted on March 1 and then an international student posted on March 7 that they had been rejected. After seeing the rejection post, my brain had had it and decided to email my potential supervisor; he was kind enough to let me know I'm on the waitlist. For accepted folks: what's the deadline to accept your offer? I'm an international student already in Canada under a different status and I might need to go for Plan B and enroll somewhere else :')
  7. There doesn't seem to be a thread on the JSP for Fall 2022, so I thought I'd get us going! I've applied to the Law and Political Theory/Philosophy field. When do you think we should hear back? Usually decisions seem to come out around the first/second week of Feb. Fingers-crossed we hear soon!
  8. Hi everyone! So, I am hoping to attend graduate school in the Fall of 2022 and am currently in the process of getting my applications together. I have about two months left until I formally submit them and have been wondering what my chances are of getting admitted. Here are some of the basics of what I have/am working on, please let me know what you think, thank you!!! BA University: Graduated from the University of New Mexico in the Spring of 2020 Undergraduate Major/Degree: Majored in Sociology with a minor in Psychology Graduate GPA: 4.05 Program: PhD in Sociology Schools I am Applying to: University of New Mexico, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Washington, and Pennsylvania State University Interests: Sociology of health and medicine, sociology of human life course, statistics, data analysis GRE: V 155 / Q 160 / W 4.5 Work/Research Experience: - Since I majored in SOC for my undergrad I have taken a great deal of courses, and I have written a few research papers (for a grade of course). - I have a semester of research experience as I got to intern as the UNM's PRC (prevention research center) and helped with many projects, focused on qualitative data analysis and assisted with literature reviews. - I volunteered at a local crisis hotline since Fall 2018, although some may suggest it falls under more psychology based experience I believe it can relate to sociology in the sense that speaking about how one's environment heavily affects them and their mental health relates to the field. LoR: I already have two former professors who said that they would not only write letters of support but would also look over my personal statements and writing samples. The director of the hotline (where I volunteered) also said that she would write me one as well. The director where I interned previously said she would write one, but hasn't gotten back to me in a while. From speaking with each person, I believe that each letter will be positive. Personal Statements: Plan to work my butt off on these and will heavily research each university I plan on applying to, look into the faculty and their work and will add that into each statement with other reasons I hope to attend each individual college. Writing Samples: Have chosen two that I received an A on, and will severely edit and sharpen them. I will also have others go over and read them when I am finished. Concerns: Low GRE verbal score (although I am not planning to take it again as it is expensive and I hope to put forth more effort and energy into other aspects of my application, and if I don't get accepted this time around then I will retake it for the next time I hope to apply). I also have little research experience and no publications, any advice is greatly appreciated!!
  9. Hello! I am applying to political science and sociology PhD programs in the U.S. (I chose the programs based on the faculty of interest) and would love to hear your advice on my school choices. Thank you! Schools / Programs: Top 20 programs (PoliSci: Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Georgetown, UCSD, Cornell, Yale, UCLA; Sociology: Stanford, Berkeley, JHU, UCSB, UCLA, NYU, Emory, NW...) Undergrad: Top 3 in Asia Degrees: B.A. in Sociology GPA: 3.85 GRE: Q169, V169, A 5.0 Research Experience: I have worked as a RA remotely for professors at top U.S. schools, but my work was quite elementary and my contact with the profs was quite limited. Policy Area of Interest: Authoritarianism LOR: 3 U.S. professors I worked for, with 1 strong letter and 2 med International Experience: Exchange program in the UK and the US Research experience in Hong Kong, the UK, and the US Quant Experience: 1 quantitative course, working on R and basic statistics through self-study Now I have finished a batch of applications, I was wondering if I should apply to schools on the lower tiers (e.g. CUNY-Albany, Penn State, etc.)? This is my second time applying and I don't want to face all rejections again Thank you and I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy! <3
  10. I want to apply to Ph.D. programs this fall. For better or worse, I have two fairly disparate research interests, either of which I would be very happy to explore further, but which seem like they would be classified in two different departments (Sociology, and Political Science). I found a university that offers strong programs in both disciplines, either of which I think might be a good fit. Is there any reason I should not apply to both the programs? I don't think the faculty who read applications are on both committees, but I don't know if this is taboo, since I would need to write two fairly different statements of purpose for each program and have my letter writers tailor their letters for the individual programs. I hope that make sense - happy to clarify. Thanks!
  11. Just realized US News updated the ranking for 2021. Any comment on the new ranking? It has been 4 years since they last updated it!
  12. (posted to the PolySci forum a few months ago, but I think it would be valuable to get input from people in sociology PhDs...) I'm hoping to apply to Ph.D. programs in 2-3 years (taking some time off after my undergrad). Broadly I'm interested in studying social movements, voter behavior, and political culture, and while I am not opposed to quantitative methods (and do already have some background in them), I really want to attend a doctoral program that is strong in its qualitative methods training, particularly ethnographic research - interviewing, observation, etc. I'm not sure how to approach researching schools, since it feels like the topics I am interested in are more suited for a political science Ph.D., while the method training I am looking for is more robust in a sociology (or anthropology?) program. Any advice on how to go about deciding schools to apply to? I can apply to doctoral programs in both disciplines, but I'm curious whether ethnographic methods in political science is on its way out - and if I'm better off looking to sociology programs instead. Any insight is much appreciated!
  13. I'm hoping to apply to Ph.D. programs in 2-3 years (taking some time off after my undergrad). Broadly I'm interested in studying social movements and political culture, and while I am not opposed to quantitative methods (and do already have some background in them), I really want to attend a doctoral program that is strong in its qualitative methods training, particularly ethnographic research - interviewing, observation, etc. I'm not sure how to approach researching schools, since it feels like the topics I am interested in are more suited for a political science Ph.D., while the method training I am looking for is more robust in a sociology (or anthropology?) program. Any advice on how to go about deciding schools to apply to? I can apply to doctoral programs in both disciplines, but I'm curious whether ethnographic methods in political science is on its way out - and if I'm better off looking to sociology programs instead. Any insight is much appreciated!
  14. Good afternoon, I am an italian student studing sociology in Turin (northern Italy) and I am currently planning the research for my final disseration. I am taking a qualitative research (using both ethnography and interwievs) in two boxe gyms in Torino (one classical gym and one free gym in a community center). The aim of my research is exploring the dynamic of social groups and the gender perspective in both gyms. I am here asking for help because I would like to study some theory before the fieldwork. I would like some advices on books and papers regarding gender roles in sport and most famous gender perspectives in sociological research as well as some advices regarding researches on social groups dynamics and sport. Thank you very much for any help you will give me and sorry for the mistakes with the language! Sara
  15. I am looking to start this thread giving insight on which American universities that offer a PhD program in Sociology "guarantee" full funding and the degrees of this concept of full funding through the firsthand experience of current PhD students. I encourage to you, whether applicant, student or PhD holder in Sociology to add your thoughts, experiences and feedback on this issue. I believe this can be beneficial to all of us because I may even venture to conspire that there may be correlation with the college's policy and/or the situation of each Sociology of department.
  16. I am thinking of applying to PhD Studies in the next maybe 2 years. What might be a good strategic move for someone with both a BSW and and MSW (non clinical)? I want to go to a school with a robust research support but to have another degree in Social Work would be overkill. I want to obtain a PhD that speaks to the current economic climate if possible. Also gotta add I've been out of school for 10+ years and out of this game for quite some time. My options are a PhD program at UofC, UofA or another school that has a distance based PhD program.
  17. I have received offers from each of these schools with similar amounts of funding and tuition waivers for my Master's degree. I am torn between them as I went to OKState for undergrad so I know the school and am comfortable with it, but I have heard many positive things about KState as well. Does anyone have any further insight in relation to these programs? I have phone calls set up and know a fair bit about OSU's program, but my decision deadline is approaching in April and I am definitely having some trouble picking between the two.
  18. Hello, guys! I'm an applicant admiring Sociology Ph.D. program in fall 2020 term. International student from Asia. Targeting top 20 programs. I wonder my TOEFL and GRE score will tackle my admission :(. Most schools require TOEFL 100 as a minimum and I got 103. My GRE score is V-162 Q-168 AW-3.5. I'm not sure about the process of admission, so I'm worried about my AW score and TOEFL score make me cut-off in a long-list. If it does, I think about retaking GRE for other programs accepting applications until January. Should I retake TOEFL and GRE? FYI, I published 5 papers in MA (three in Chinese, and two in English), have two years of research experience (UG GPA 3.8 / MA GPA 3.9). Research interest is collective action and social networks, UNC and NYU is priority of my choice. Polishing my SoP until the deadline. Any comments are welcome! Thank you and hope you have a good luck!!
  19. I'm a current Masters student in economics, and many of my research interests appear to align more with the work of sociologists than economists. I've searched through a few doctoral programs already, but I have just a few questions: Is it problematic to have no true formal background in sociology? Do doctoral programs value strong math backgrounds? Is this sort of transition common and does anyone have any firsthand experience with it? Any and all advice is greatly appreciated as well
  20. I'm a sophomore undergrad in a top 10 institution studying study Econ and sociology. I'm interested in social science in general, but pure economics (too much math for me) or pure social/political theory are not interesting to me. Other than that, I would like to explore the breadth of all social sciences. I wonder if there are recommendations for good master programs that prepare students for phd programs? Thanks!
  21. Hey everyone, Could anyone familiar with UCLA's sociology department help me out with a quick question on the SOP word limit? The division-wide application portal says up to 500 words allowed, but since this is so much lower than the requirement for all other sociology departments I'm applying to it struck me as odd. I also happened to read someone's statement for UCLA that went significantly over that (1000+ words) from a few years ago who was accepted (I didn't get the statement directly from them so I feel weird to reach out and ask them myself about this). The sociology department website also doesn't specify one way or another, just defers to the "prompts on the application portal". I know people advise to stick to the word limit for these things, and that it doesn't look good to the admissions committee if you don't, but I was wondering if anyone specifically familiar with UCLA's sociology admissions might be able to advise on how they view this (I already tried to contact their office but it's closed until monday/past the deadline on sunday). Or anyone not at UCLA: if there's a word limit set division-wide, do admissions committee necessarily default to that? Or if this isn't addressed specifically on the department's website may they not abide by it too strictly? Reallyyy stressing out about this as deadline is Sunday so any advice would be helpful! 🙏🙏🙏Thank you!
  22. I thought this was the best place to ask these questions, so... Which Oxford masters programme is easier to get in; Economics, Sociology or Philosophy? I have a client who wants to know. Also, does it matter which undergrad uni he went to? He currently studies at a top uni in Scotland (St Andrews or Edinburgh - I am not at liberty to say which, sorry). Currently studies Economics and Philosophy, but could switch to Sociology as he like it as well. Also by studying which is it easier to gain a job at a university? Thank you all for your answers!
  23. Hi all, I'm looking up programs in the UK that touch on gender, and so far I have stumbled upon these three that look intriguing: 1) Gender and Women's Studies and Sociology MA @ Lancaster University: https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/postgraduate-courses/gender-and-womens-studies-and-sociology-ma/ 2) MSc Applied Gender Studies Masters Degree @ University of Strathclyde: https://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduatetaught/appliedgenderstudies/ 3) MLitt, MSc Gender Studies (Applied) @ University of Stirling: https://www.stir.ac.uk/courses/pg-taught/communications-media-culture/gender-studies/ Don't ask me why I'm not planning to apply for higher-tiered schools (I only have a GPA of 3.2 in journalism, though I do have 10 years of advocacy experience in women's rights). Thoughts on my school options? How good are these schools - what are their strengths and weaknesses.
  24. I started my PhD at the University of Toronto last year in a social science related field. However, I figured out that my research does not match much with the faculty members here. But maybe I could still successfully complete my degree here in a collaborative way as I have found some professors in other departments willing to partially supervise me. However, in the meantime, I applied to Oxford and received a fully funded offer where I have a far better match for my research topic. Besides, the research group is also quant focused methodology-wise. But the difficulty now is that some people are suggesting me not to move to Oxford because of just name. Their point is that it will be difficult to get into academia with a UK degree. I would really appreciate if anybody could share their thoughts on this. I am so indecisive now. Thank you in advance.
  25. Hey everyone! Just wanted to start this nerve-wracking thread! The first interview for the HSS @ U Penn came in today! Post results here, should you feel inclined, and this can be general discussion on Acceptances/Rejections/interviews as well. Good luck to everyone & may the odds be always in our favor!
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