The graduate field of Development Sociology accepts students on the basis of merit and compatibility of their interests with research and teaching in the field. At the time of admission, students admitted to the MS/PhD program are offered 5 years of support and students admitted to the PhD program are offered 4 years of support. Beyond that, students will be considered for additional years of support based on funding availability. Most students are funded by a combination of research assistantships, teaching assistantships, fellowships, and/or funds they raise themselves through competitive grants at one time or another in their graduate school careers. The range of funding opportunities provides a means for students to match their funding sources with their professional and intellectual interests. Our faculty, staff and our senior graduate students assist students in identifying suitable funding opportunities and making successful applications, but ultimate responsibility rests with the individual student.
Department support consists of research assistantships and teaching assistantships. The research assistantships usually go to continuing students because their skills are known and their associations with professors have firmed up. Department teaching and research assistantships are only allocated to incoming foreign students when their facility in written and spoken English is known to be adequate to the assistantship requirements.