University of Pittsburgh

Graduate Studies


With approximately 14 faculty members and 40 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 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 on international policy, public health, 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.


Master's Program >

We train our graduate students in a variety of theoretical and methodological tools for advancing creative research.

Doctoral Program >

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.   Time Line to PhD

Admissions >

The application deadline for fall term admission is January 15 if financial aid is also requested. All other applications will be accepted until March 15.

Courses >

Our courses cover such subjects as cultural sociology; race and racism; feminist theory; power and resistance; and social movements.

Students >

Our students come from across the globe, as well as from the United States.

Nondepartmental Awards

 Departmental/ Nondepartmental Awards >

Some sources of financial support most commonly available to sociology graduate students are listed by clicking on the link above. The sums of the awarded and the conditions of awards may change, so you should check with the graduate director or with the graduate adminstrator TBA for updated details.




Graduate Handbook