Our graduate program blends strong empirical research training with a proactive engagement with public Sociology as well as extensive training in teaching.  We are proud of our ability to successfully place our students in the kinds of jobs they want—including research institutes, local community colleges, regional universities, and Research Intensive Universities.  We also have one of the most diverse graduate programs in the country; in the NRC’s diversity ranking, UIC sociology was ranked in the range of 4th-12th out of 118 programs that were ranked.

Recognized Excellence

Our graduate students regularly win paper competitions from regional and national associations, fellowships (both internal and external), and highly competitive funding for graduate students.  UIC has a number of internal competitions to assist graduate students in funding their research, and our students are regularly successful at receiving these.  Externally, our students have been awarded fellowships, awards to travel abroad for training, and grants to fund their research from highly competitive federal agencies (e.g., National Science Foundation; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services), private foundations (e.g., Kauffman Foundation, Doris Duke Foundation) and associations (e.g., Association for the Sociology of Religion; American Sociological Association). 

An Engaged and Intellectual Community

The intellectual vibrancy of our graduate student culture is reflected in the emergence of student/faculty reading groups that focus on such topics as Science, Knowledge and Culture; and Neighborhoods, Housing, and Urban Sociology.  And in 2014, one of these reading groups grew into the Center on Organizational Dynamics, which includes a website, active blog, and reading/working group dedicated to facilitating an interdisciplinary dialogue about organizations and organizing broadly defined. 

We are also very proud of our students for their contributions to Public Sociology and the community around UIC.  For example, a group of graduate students has been working with a 12th grade honors sociology class at Little Village High School, advising students on their independent sociological research projects.  In both 2014 and 2015, several of the high school students had their papers accepted for round table presentations at the American Sociological Association annual meetings.  The graduate students and their project have been featured in the newsletter of the national ASA (Footnotes, February 2014).

For Prospective Students

We currently have more than 60 graduate students. We admit eight to ten students each year, and last year awarded five Ph.D. degrees. Our students have been successfully placed in desirable positions, including several at R1 universities—with recent examples including University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Michigan State University, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, University of Calgary, and Mississippi State University (2).

If you are considering UIC for your graduate work in Sociology we encourage you to learn more about our department. Our Graduate Student Manual gives a detailed description of the program. You can download it as a .pdf file by clicking the link shown below.

The deadline for program applications is December 15.   All applicants are required to upload their documents and academic credentials electronically to satisfy both program-specific requirements and admission/institutional requirements. Please visit the Graduate Admissions website for more details on the document upload process.

If you have more questions about the program we would be happy to put you in touch with both faculty and current graduate students. Contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Claire Decoteau at