What Sets Us Apart...

The University of Michigan sociology graduate program:

  • Attracts one of the most diverse and academically talented student cohorts in the country.
  • Offers small classes that facilitate personalized learning and faculty mentorship.
  • Assigns each incoming student a faculty mentor who provides advice and guidance throughout the course of study.
  • Allows students opportunities to present their ongoing research to faculty and other students in a vibrant array of ongoing workshops.
  • Provides opportunities to participate on departmental committees, in student government and in graduate student competitions.

Graduate study at UM Sociology is characterized by both its broad intellectual reach and its scholarly and scientific depth.  Our doctoral students are educated by and work closely with a nationally recognized, award-winning faculty who are highly respected in the field. The department offers training in most major subfields of sociology, organized around eight broad areas of concentration — Culture and Knowledge; Economic Sociology and Organizations;  Gender and Sexuality; Health and Healthcare; Power, History and Social Change; Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration; Social Demography; and Social Psychology. Students may also work with faculty to develop individualized areas of specialization.

Our distinguished faculty conducts research around the world, putting our department and our students on the forefront of globalization issues. The University's considerable investment in international studies extends the department's already broad global engagement.  In fact, the University of Michigan’s International Institute provides a home for interdisciplinary research, programming, instruction and student support in international and area studies, with particular regional foci on African, Chinese, European, European Union, Latin American and CaribbeanJapanese, Korean, Middle Eastern and North African, Russian and East European, South Asian, and Southeast Asian Studies.

The University has significant resources available to students who are interested in crafting unique interdisciplinary doctoral programs. Graduate students in Sociology also benefit from access to the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research (ISR).  Click HERE to learn more.