Graduate Admissions

Am I eligible to apply for the Ph.D. program in Sociology?

You are eligible for admission to graduate programs at Harvard if you have either 1) completed a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association; or 2) completed an international degree that is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree from a college or university of recognized standing. Students who are unsure of the U.S. equivalency of their degree(s) should consult a reputable credential evaluation service.

Do I need to take the GRE?

Yes. The GRE is required of all applicants to the graduate program in Sociology. Per University policy, GRE scores are valid for 5 years from the date of the test.

Funding and Financial Aid Does the Sociology Department fund Doctoral Students?

The Department of Sociology provides 5 academic years and 4 summers of graduate funding. Funding includes a living stipend, tuition, and health insurance. The Department relies on a variety of funding mechanisms, including fellowships, teaching fellowships, and research assistantships. Many of our students are successful in obtaining external fellowships. More information on funding can be found on our Financial Aid page.