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Ranking of U.S. Sociology Ph.D. Programs

    This page contains links to 32 sociology Ph.D. programs rank-ordered in quality according to the Princeton Review's "Gourman Report of Graduate Programs" (8th edition).

To reach U.S. schools that are not on this list, you might try using the U.S. University Locator.

Note to Students: The rankings below should be considered no more than a rough approximation. Many excellent programs did not make it into Gourman's list, and of those that did, the difference between closely ranked programs was often too small to be meaningful. For a critical perspective on the Gourman rankings, see Caveat Emptor: The Gourman Report.

You would be well advised to consult as many faculty members as possible for feedback on your top school choices before applying to graduate school. Admission to graduate school is competitive, so apply to as many schools as possible; have your friends, family, and academic advisors look over your application materials; and if you receive letters of rejection, don't lose your sense of humor!


Gourman Report Ranking
Rank School Department Score
1 University of Wisconsin--Madison Sociology 4.87
2 University of Michigan--Ann Arbor Sociology 4.85
3 University of Chicago Sociology 4.82
4 Harvard University Sociology 4.79
5 University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill Sociology 4.76
6 University of Pennsylvania Sociology 4.73
7 Stanford University Sociology 4.71
8 University of Washington Sociology 4.66
9 University of California--Los Angeles Sociology 4.64
10 Northwestern University Sociology 4.62
11 Indiana University--Bloomington Sociology 4.60
12 University of Texas--Austin Sociology 4.58
13 University of Arizona Sociology 4.55
14 Princeton University Sociology 4.52
15 Columbia University Sociology 4.51
16 Johns Hopkins University Sociology 4.50
17 Yale University Sociology 4.48
18 Duke University Sociology 4.46
19 Pennsylvania State University--University Park Sociology 4.43
20 University of Minnesota--Twin Cities Sociology 4.42
21 University of California--San Diego Sociology 4.38
22 Stony Brook University Sociology 4.35
23 University of California--Berkeley Sociology 4.32
24 Ohio State University--Columbus Sociology 4.27
25 University of California--Santa Barbara Sociology 4.26
26 Vanderbilt University Sociology 4.22
27 University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign Sociology 4.20
28 University at Albany, SUNY Sociology 4.16
29 Rutgers University Sociology 4.12
30 Washington State University Sociology 4.10
31 University of Maryland--College Park Sociology 4.08
32 New York University Sociology 4.06



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