With approximately 15 faculty members and 30 graduate students in residence, the University of Pittsburgh's Department of Sociology combines the best features of large and small departments. It offers a broad range of faculty expertise on a lively campus where interdisciplinary opportunities abound in Asian studies, cultural studies, global studies, Latin American studies, Russian and East European studies, West European studies, and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, as well as in Pitt's Center for Race and Social Problems. There are also opportunities for doing sociological research in the University's professional schools of public and international affairs, public health, education, social work, business, computing and information, medicine, and law.

Our graduate students—admitted into the program with BA or MA/MS degrees—come from Europe, Asia, and Latin America, as well as the United States.

The department fosters collaborative research between faculty and students and allows for specializations in sociological research. The department's areas of focus are social movements and politics and culture. Students receive rigorous training in, and support for, research using quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methodologies, and they gain experience in teaching sociology.

Our graduate program has 2 levels: MA and PhD. All students will earn a master’s degree in Sociology either from the University of Pittsburgh or from a previous university en route to a PhD. After admission, the Graduate Committee will determine whether students with a previous degree will start at the MA or PhD level. Applicants without a master’s degree will start at the MA level of our program.

Master's Level

En route to the PhD, we train our graduate students in a variety of theoretical and methodological tools for advancing creative research. Learn more

PhD Level

We offer students the opportunity to bring to bear the full range of sociological theories and methods on social movements and politics and culture —at all levels, from global processes to small groups. Learn more