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  1. 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!
  2. Hi all, I'm looking ahead to next year's cycle for applying and think I need to be more strategic with where I aim for than I did this time around. My interests are all in sociology of education, ed policy, race/racism and inequality. I think the major mistakes I made this year were not focusing intently enough on programs with faculty whose research aligns with my own interests, and also not applying to enough schools. Does anyone have recommendations of where I should look to for next year? I have Brown at the top of my current list (John Diamond is someone whose work maps almost perfectly onto my own, and there are a few other folks in the department who align strongly too), as well as Princeton (Jennifer Jennings, Shamus Khan) and Duke (Angel Harris). Since I have an interest in education policy too I'm going to attempt Harvard's social policy program as it offers a sociology track, but I know I need more schools on this list and probably some that aren't ranked as highly as these ones, to hope I land somewhere next year. I will also say I'm trying to stay on the East Coast, though I know that's extremely limiting. But, open to hearing any and all suggestions, whether they're on this side of the states or not. Thanks!
  3. 1) I have a high gpa (4.0), some research experience, and what i hope are going to be positive recommendation letters. Let's assume I have a concrete SoP, and my research interests/methods are in line with a respective department. Will a low gre (V157 Q150) really keep an applicant out of top programs (Harvard, Columbia, NYU, etc?) 2) If you scan the results page, I find reports here and there of acceptances at these programs with similar GRE scores. What do you make of this? 3) In response to asking for a letter of rec, a professor has asked me to send along "what I would like them to touch on." This is a weird in-between of the "yes, i will write one for you" and the "sure, draft one up for me will ya?" My other two recommenders are writing them without my input, so I won't be able to curate them in any way. Any tips for what I might want to highlight? Given some financial hardships, I am debating not applying at all given the prevalence of high GRE cutoffs... (or waivers, I suppose) Hope you all are doing well this application season, cuz im already totally unhinged.
  4. I'm going to be applying for Sociology/Demography PhDs in the 2022 cycle. I'm interested in doing research that will certainly have a quantitative-focus. Is there a rule of thumb for what level of math I should come into the program with and/or what grades I should have in math classes? I have thus far heard everything ranging from people who had no math background to people that took advanced calculus, so I am curious if there is a minimum and/or average. For reference, I am currently in a quantitative-focused Masters program, where I am getting my certificate in Data Science as well. I went up to Calculus l in undergrad.
  5. 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
  6. Hi all, I am applying for a sociology PhD somewhere in North America, and have been revising my SoP for some time. My main interest is in social stratification especially in occupation and employment market; and gender inequality in employment. I read several posts suggesting that I need to write more about my research interest and future plans in the SoP, so I focus heavily on them in this version. I am not sure if they are clear enough, and if I should introduce more on my hard skills or research assistance work that I have done. I am posting the SoP for Princeton which I tailored for some professors there. I would appreciate it very much if you can give me any advice on it. My background: Undergraduate Institution: Hong Kong University of Science and Technology - China Studies and Waseda University - Economics (double degree) Two conference papers, one book chapter in Chinese but not so relevant to my proposed research area. Three research assistance work (two for sosc professors, one for an econ prof in Harvard). One short teaching assistance experience. GRE: 163+170+4.5(expected) Hard skills and prize: pretty proficient in econometrics and their implementation in R and Stata. Proficient in Python pandas and geopandas. Have an award in a machine-learning based data science competition. I did not mention them in my SoP at all, but my recommendation letter and CV will cover a lot of them. Thank you. Statement of Purpose_Princeton.docx
  7. HI all, I earned my master's in applied sociology a few years ago from BC. I'm currently thinking about returning to school for a PhD in Sociology with a focus on social welfare, poverty/homelessness, immigration and nationalism, race/class (SES/mobility), political sociology, and mixed methods. I've been working in research for about 6-8 years (in policy think tanks, program eval, and private industry). Any suggestions on sociology programs outside of the top 10 who are accepting of students with aspirations other than the ivory tower?? Thank you in advance!
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