12 months
13401 USD/year
13401 USD/year
5850 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Sociology faculty members at University of California, Merced have rapidly built a vibrant and collegial intellectual community, marked by outstanding research, engagement in important public discourse in California’s Central Valley and across the globe, and dynamic teaching and training at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.


Program outline

The goal of Sociology program at University of California, Merced is to foster scholarly excellence in sociology, with a specific focus on several core areas of the discipline, including race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, politics, immigration, health, and education, among others. Our program is nationally and internationally recognized for its high-quality scholarship, graduate training, and contributions to the university and community.

Students master a diverse toolkit of research methods and conceptual approaches for carrying out independent research, while also learning in depth about two core research areas that they select. Doctoral students have the option to obtain master’s degrees in sociology en route to their Ph.Ds.

Programme Structure

Core include:

  • Sociological Theory
  • Graduate Statistics I: Linear Regression Analysis
  • Advanced Topics in Quantitative Sociology
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Environmental Sociology
  • Political Sociology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution with a major appropriate to the proposed graduate program. This degree must represent the completion of a program equivalent both in the distribution of academic subject matter and scholarship achievement comparable to that offered at the University of California.
  • Have a satisfactory scholastic average, usually a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B) is required.
  • Provide TOEFL or IELTS test scores (international students only).
  • Upload a scanned copy of all college level academic work including community college, summer session and study abroad, onto your application.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • A statement of purpose is required to help determine whether your academic objectives can reasonably be satisfied in the graduate program to which you seek admission.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    13401 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 13401 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    13401 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13401 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    5850 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5850 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Merced

1100 - 1600 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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