Please Contact:

Bruce Desmarais
Director of Graduate Studies, SoDA

Kristy Boob
Graduate Staff Coordinator, SoDA

Burt Monroe
Head of Program, SoDA

« November 2021 »

Applying to the Graduate Program in Social Data Analytics

The SoDA graduate program, offering a dual-title Ph.D. and doctoral minor, is now accepting applications!

Please note that SoDA cannot independently admit students. Applicants must first be admitted to an appropriate home PhD department at Penn State before they can be admitted to SoDA.

Students admitted to the following Penn State Ph.D. programs, but not yet having passed candidacy, may apply for the dual-title Ph.D. in Social Data Analytics: Human Development & Family Studies (HDFS), Informatics (IST), Political Science (PLSC), Psychology (PSY), Sociology (SOC), and Statistics (STAT)

Students accepted to any Penn State Ph.D. program, but not yet having passed their comprehensive exam, are eligible to apply to pursue the doctoral minor in Social Data Analytics. To date, the doctoral minor has accepted students from Communications (Bellisario)Communications Arts & Sciences (CLA), Criminology, Geography, Human Development & Family Studies*, Informatics*, Marketing (Smeal), Political Science*, Psychology, Recreation Parks & Tourism Management, Sociology*, and Statistics*.

*Students in these departments may consider applying for the minor if they are personally ineligible for their department's SoDA dual-title, either because they have already passed candidacy, or if they are already pursuing another dual-title such as Demography, Women's Studies, or Operations Research.

To apply for the SoDA dual-title PhD or graduate minor program, please complete the SoDA Graduate Program Admission Application (Word document).

Admission applications are reviewed by the interdisciplinary SoDA Graduate Program Committee.

Prospective students are advised to speak with the SoDA Director of Graduate Studies (Bruce Desmarais) about the program prior to submitting their completed application.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Since required coursework in the SoDA program begins in the fourth semester of graduate school, Students should submit their applications during or before their third semesters at Penn State. Dual-title students must be admitted before the end of the fourth semester in their PhD program.