Graduate Program

About the Graduate Program

The admissions deadline is JANUARY 15
for all students wishing full consideration of their application.

The Sociology Department does not accept part-time students nor terminal MA students at this time.

Link to GSAS Application & Admissions Info

Program Requirements

For the most comprehensive information on the graduate program in Sociology view the
Graduate Student Handbook

View the "Graduate Guide" website for info on grad student life in Charlottesville.

The Graduate Program in Sociology at the University of Virginia

The graduate program in sociology at the University of Virginia admits a small numbeof distinguished students each year to its Ph.D. program. Small cohorts of approximately six students per year allow us to train the future researchers and teachers of sociology via extensive time with faculty and small seminar classes. Small cohort size also allows us to provide a competitive funding package for our students.



All admitted students are guaranteed funding for five years. Each year they receive a 9-month stipend/salary totaling $20,000, plus a summer stipend of $4,000, along with health benefits. In their first year in the program, they are on fellowship (no teaching is required); in years 2-4, students become teaching assistants; in year 5 students are teaching assistants for one semester and have fellowship for one semester. In addition, various professors and programs at UVA hire our graduate students as research assistants, usually on a competitive basis, and subject to university guidelines on total hours worked.


 Structure of the Program

The graduate curriculum is centered around a series of core course requirements and graduate electives, a qualifying paper, and two comprehensive exams. This is followed by the defense of the dissertation prospectus, the writing of the student’s dissertation, and the dissertation defense, leading to the awarding of the Ph.D.

t UVA, the faculty is dedicated to providing our graduate students access to a broad training in the essentials of sociology. In addition to required theory and methods courses, we offerusually every other yeara variety of graduate seminars including, but not limited to, economic sociology, political sociology, the sociology of culture, comparative-historical sociology, the sociology of sex and gender and the sociology of race and ethnicity. These courses are often then supplemented by various directed readings, informal reading groups, and other avenues of intellectual exploration.


 Intensive advising and preparation

At UVfaculty work closely with graduate students on a variety of projects, and provide extensive feedback on students work. In addition, a series of mentoring events and programs, both formal and informal, prepare students for the academic job market. Meanwhile,  our colloquium series and potential additional funding for graduate student travel to professional meetings connects our studentto trends in the discipline at large.

A variety of foci

Although no sociology graduate program can claim to cover the entirety of the vast and varied discipline of sociology, at the University of Virginia our facultsupervise a wide variety of projects. A sense of the interests and expertise of the faculty can be gained by examining the faculty page of ouwebsite at


Graduate dissertations from UVA

Graduate dissertations in sociology at UVgo on to become published books and articles, including (but not limited to) the following:

Saundra Davis Westervelt, Shifting the Blame: How Victimization Became a Criminal Defense (Rutgers University Press, 1998).

Joseph E. Davis, Accounts of Innocence: Sexual Abuse, Trauma, and the Self (University of Chicago Press, 2005). James L. Nolan, Jr. The Theraputic State: Justifying Government at Centurys End. (New York University Press, 1998) Dustin Kidd, Legislating Creativity: The Intersections of Art and Politics (Routledge, 2010).

Matthew W. Hughey, White Bound: Nationalists, Antiracists, and the Shared Meanings of Race (Stanford University Press, 2012).

Christina Simko, The Politics of Consolation: Memory & the Meaning of September 11 (Oxford  University Press, 2015). Benjamin H. Snyder, The Disrupted Workplace: Time and the moral order of flexible capitalism. (Oxford  University Press, 2016).

Hephzibah V. Strmic-Pawl, Multiracialism and its Discontents: A Comparative Analysis of Asian-White and Black-WhitMultiracials (Lexington Books, 2016).

Jennifer M. Silva, Coming up Short: Working-class Adulthood in an Age of Uncertainty. (Oxford  University Press2013).

Jeffrey S. Dill, The Longings and Limits of Global Citizenship Education: The Moral Pedagogy of Schooling in Cosmopolitan Age. (Routledge, 2013).

Bradley Campbell, The Geometry of Genocide: A Study in Pure Sociology (University of Virginia Press, 2015). Shannon Latkin Anderson, Immigration, Assimilation and the Cultural Construction of American National Identity. (Routledge, 2016).


Contacts and online resources

Josipa Roksa, Director of Graduate Studies at

Isaac Ariail Reed, Director of Graduate Admissions, at

Keisha John, Director of Diversity Programs for Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs, at

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences general information:
Information on living in Charlottesville, Virginia:
Application fee waiver availability:



NOTE: We do not offer a self-standing Masters program. Students entering without a prior M.A. may earn an M.A. en route to the Ph.D.
Students entering with an M.A. will be evaluated on an ad hoc basis to determine how much of the prior transfer credit will be accepted towards the UVA degree(s).
Inquiries should be directed to the Director of Graduate Studies.

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