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Sociology  Doctoral


What is Sociology at WVU like?


The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at WVU offers a Ph.D. in Sociology. All students entering the program will be enrolled as doctoral students. Students entering the program with a BA/BS will be dually enrolled in the M.A. and Ph.D. programs until they complete the M.A. requirements.

The doctoral program explores societal connections through four unique specializations:

  • Crime, Law, and Deviance
  • Social Inequalities
  • Social Psychology and Group Processes
  • Sociology of Religion

The Ph.D. program is designed for students who have a strong interest in working as professional sociologists in teaching, writing, and research, or for students intending to pursue nonacademic careers.

The program emphasizes foundational coursework in sociology, including theory, methods and statistics, as well as courses and independent research in an area related to the department’s research specializations. Each student constructs a rigorous program of study suited to their research. Students are also encouraged to pursue additional certificate programs to complement their studies.

Application Deadlines

Each graduate program sets their own term of admission and application deadline. Applicants can only apply for admission for the term displayed below. Any questions regarding the application deadline should be directed to the graduate program representative.

Fall: January 15

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What are the requirements to apply for Sociology at WVU?

University Requirements

To be eligible for admission into a graduate program at WVU an applicant must submit official, bachelors degree transcripts from a regionally accredited institution and hold a GPA of at least 2.75.

WVU operates decentralized admissions. Decentralized admissions allows each graduate program to set its own application requirements in addition to the University requirements.

Program Requirements

To be eligible for admission into the Sociology graduate program an applicant must submit the following documentation:

  • Letters of Recommendation - Three
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Résumé /CV
  • Essay/Writing Sample

Additional application considerations:

  • Applicant must submit official transcripts from all attended institutions.

Certain application requirements may be waived based on a preliminary review of an application by program.

International Applicants must also submit the materials outlined here.

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