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The Doctorate in Sociology at NC State

Aerial view of campus
Occupy London, 2011-2012


A Letter from the Sociology Graduate Program Director

Dear Prospective Applicant:

Thank you for your interest in NC State's graduate program in sociology. We are a department of outstanding accomplishments and great potential. We have a dynamic faculty doing exciting research and graduate students who are making their marks on the discipline. Faculty and graduate students work hard, contribute a lot, and enjoy the camaraderie of a closely-knit culture. The graduate program trains excellent researchers and teachers and places them in superlative jobs, both academic and non-academic. 

Our faculty have a wide range of research interests and our students develop their dissertation research on diverse topics (click here for a list of dissertation and thesis titles of our graduates). Our program currently offers coursework and doctoral preliminary examinations in:

We admit students with bachelor's and master's degrees but expect that all of our students will continue on to the PhD. here at NC State. We had 74 applications for the 2015 cohort (students who entered the program in August 2015) and we admitted 22 students.

We proudly point to:

  • an excellent awards package including stipends, paid health insurance, full tuition remission, and office space
  • an outstanding faculty, trained at leading universities and deeply involved in their scholarship, teaching, and outreach
  • a broad range of research projects, quantitative and qualitative, domestic and international, collaborative and independent
  • prominent publications by faculty, graduate students, and faculty-student collaborations
  • excellent computing support with access to SAS, AMOS, STATA, HLM, SPSS, LISREL, Atlas.ti, Endnote, Microsoft Office, and more
  • our commitment to training first-generation college students and graduate students of color
  • our solid and innovative teaching, from teacher training for our graduate students to distance education
  • the great jobs our graduates get, and
  • the awards our graduate students win.

Find out more about why you should continue your career as a sociologist at NC State by browsing through this website or contact us at


Steve McDonald

Professor and Director of Graduate Programs

NC State University