Graduate Studies

Graduate Students in a Maxwell classroom

The Sociology Department at Syracuse University offers core training in sociological issues, theory, and practice. Graduate students in our PhD program develop substantive areas of specialization in one or more areas of faculty expertise. 

Graduate training is organized around eight major areas: 

(1) Globalization, Immigration, Transnational Studies; (2) Population and Place; (3) Education and Family; (4) Health, Aging & Life Course, Disability; (5) Inequalities; (6) Power, Capital, and Politics; (7) Methods; and (8) Theory.

Our aim is to prepare students for all aspects of their career: research, teaching, publishing, grants, and mentoring. 

Our sociology faculty are affiliated with numerous interdisciplinary Syracuse University programs and centers, and  the department provides opportunities for joint degrees or collaborative study with such centers, including: the Aging Studies Institute (ASI); the Asian/Asian American Studies Program; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Studies; Women and Gender Studies; Disability Studies; African American Studies; Native American Studies; Cultural Foundations of Education; the Humanities Center; the Institute for the Study of the Judiciary, Politics and the Media; the Institute for Veterans and Military Families; the Center for Policy Research (CPR); the Program on the Analysis and Resolution of Conflict (PARC); and the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs. 

The department does not admit students to a terminal MA program. Students enrolled in the PhD program earn an MA degree along the way.

In addition to Teaching Assistantship funding for graduate students, several of our faculty and some of the research centers with which they are affiliated (such as the Aging Studies Institute, the Lerner Center, and the Center for Policy Research) have a strong record of securing grants from various agencies and foundations including the National Institutes of Health, United States Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Justice, Russell Sage Foundation, John Templeton Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and others that allow us to provide Research Assistantships for high-performing graduate students. 

Complete degree requirements are outlined in the Course Catalog for the master's program and the PhD program.

Meet A Few Sociology Alumni

Payal Banerjee

Payal Banerjee ('09) is Associate Professor of Sociology at Smith College in Northampton, MA.


    Pamela Herd

    Pamela Herd ('02) is a Professor in the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University.

    Catherine R. Soloman

    Catherine R. Solomon ('04) is Professor and Chair of Sociology at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT.

    Frank Ridzi

     Frank Ridzi ('03) is Department of Sociology Chair and Associate Professor at LeMoyne College in Syracuse.

      Don Sawyer

     Don Sawyer ('13) is Associate Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer as well as Associate Professor of Sociology at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT.

       Yasmin Ortega

    Yasmin Ortega ('15) is Assistant Professor of Sociology, Singapore Management University in Singapore.