AgumonIsAPokemon Posted August 26, 2016 Share Posted August 26, 2016 Hi y'all I am an international student from Japan graduating in 2017 March. I am thinking of applying to sociology phd programs in the US, entering in 2017 September. So this is my question. I was just looking at the sociology graduate website of Brown and this sentence came up, "Although a formal background in sociology is not a requirement for admissions, many of our incoming students do enter our program with Masters’ degrees in sociology or other related fields, and certainly a solid background in the social sciences and clear sense of direction is essential for early success." I understood that some universities do require prospective students to have a background in sociology. I have no problem with that as I major in sociology. But as soon as I read "incoming students do enter our program with Master's degrees in sociology...," I kinda freaked out. Do successful applicants in top tier programs/universities often hold a MA in sociology? I know holding a MA would bring along some benefits (publications, TA/RA experience, maybe some work experience) compared to a potential bachelor graduate. But "many of our incoming students"??? I am not focusing on Brown specifically, but how is it like in phd applications in general? Some input would be lovely. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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