veryexcited Posted June 21, 2017 Share Posted June 21, 2017 (edited) Hey guys, I just wanted to come here to ask for some advice about pursuing a Sociology PhD. Here is a little background on me: I just completed my Bachelor's degree at Harvard with a joint concentration in Statistics and Applied Mathematics, and I will be going to the University of Michigan this fall for a Master's in Statistics (which will thankfully be funded). My GPA is between 3.5 and 3.6 (which I know is on the lower side for Harvard, due to the grade inflation here), and my GRE scores are V 167, Q 170, W 5.0. While I'm happy with studying Statistics, I'm not quite sure it's my passion yet, and an idea that I've been considering for a while is applying for a PhD in Sociology after finishing my Master's degree at Michigan. Most of the classes I took at Harvard have been completely quantitative due to my more math-y background, and I've only taken a few sociology/social science courses. However, I had to write a senior thesis in Statistics in order to get honors, and it ended up being very much statistics applied to social science (i.e. building models to measure the effects of socioeconomic/spatial factors on quality of hospital visits), and I ended up working with a sociology professor on this project (who ended up being a co-author of this soon-to-be-published paper). I really enjoyed this project, and I started to realize that sociology is perhaps what I want to be pursuing. However, I don't think my background is very typical of Sociology PhD students, who I think tend to come from more of a social science background. I'm a little worried that adcoms will be a little wary of my transcript and background, especially due to my lack of advanced sociology courses (math and statistics courses basically comprise 80% of my transcript). I would try to spin my application essay in a way to demonstrate my interest in quantitative/mathematical sociology, but I'm still a little worried that my sociology background will be insufficient. Another thing is that I have quite a few personal reasons why I want to return to the Boston area after getting my Masters (family lives nearby/significant other is working in Boston), so my goal is to aim for Harvard's Sociology PhD program, which unfortunately is a very prestigious program and will have strong competition from very qualified applicants. I would apply to other PhD programs of course, but my goal would be to return to Harvard. Does anyone have any advice regarding my situation? Is it a realistic goal to try to aim for Harvard's Sociology PhD program? Which programs should I look at that best matches my background? Thank you so much for your help! Edited June 21, 2017 by veryexcited Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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