Application Information for Prospective Students

Graduate work at the University of Pennsylvania is conducted through graduate groups formed according to different areas of study. These groups, administer programs leading the to the AM and PhD degrees. Those seeking a graduate degree (Sociology students earn their MA on the way to the PhD, we do not offer a terminal Master's degree) in Sociology should apply to the Graduate Group in Sociology. It is also possible to earn a dual PhD in Sociology and other disciplines. For example, some students earn a dual PhD/JD or dual PhD/MD. Students must be accepted into both programs. It is also possible to earn a joint degree, for example, some students earn a joint degree in Demography and Sociology, by satisfying the requirements of both graduate groups, and writing a single dissertation. Other students have obtained joint degrees in Sociology and Education, and Sociology and History(although this is less common). Students seeking a joint PhD combining Sociology with some other field must be admitted in that field (as well as Sociology); this can occur after admission to the Sociology program; and in any event must be done with the consultation of the Chair of the Graduate Group in Sociology and the Dean of the Graduate Division, School of Arts and Sciences. For admission information for the Department's PhD program or to direct questions to the Graduate Chair, interested parties should contact Audra Rodgers, Graduate Coordinator @ 215. 898.5711. 

The electronic application and guide to the process can be found here

For further information visit:

Admission and Financial Assistance

Applications to the Joint Degree Program

The Graduate Division of the School of Arts and Sciences - general information, policies, and application information for prospective and current graduate students.

Online Application System

Campus Express at Penn - A one-stop shop for many essential student services After reviewing these websites, if you have further questions or need more information please contact the office of the graduate coordinator at the number/email address above.