Social Sciences

The Graduate Program in Social Science offers a comprehensive, multidisciplinary curriculum of advanced study and research, from the Master's to the Doctorate degree, at the intersection of the social sciences. Supported by the IRISSO and CSI laboratories and the Centre Maurice Halbwachs and operating in close synergy with EHESS, including its CESSP and CEMS laboratories, the graduate program includes three Master’s degrees in which research plays a central role. Students may also choose elective courses designed to improve their transdisciplinary skills and broaden their curriculum.

Key figures

Researchers and professors
Students in Master's programs
PhD students



Political science


Economic sociology

Science and Technology Studies

Urban planning


A five-year track from Master’s to PhD

Upon entering the Master’s degree program, each student will define their scientific project with the graduate program's faculty and researchers. Students will have an academic advisor and will be heavily involved in research throughout the program.


Choose your Master’s degree and define your academic path

The graduate program offers the following Master’s degrees:


L’objectif  du  programme  gradué de sciences sociales est l’internationalisation des parcours de formation à la recherche par la recherche en sciences sociales en  partenariat  avec  des  universités  étrangères. Ce  programme  est  caractérisé  aussi par une approche interdisciplinaire et une   relation   intime   entre   recherche   et enseignement.
Plusieurs dispositifs sont mis en place, de la première année de master à l'insertion professionnelle après la thèse, pour aider et accompagner étudiant·es et doctorant·es.

  • Résidence d'écriture (doctorant·es uniquement)
  • Financement de terrains, notamment lointains (doctorant·es et étudiant·es M1 et M2)
  • Financement de traductions et editing de textes en anglais
  • Financement de participation à des colloques internationaux (doctorant·es et étudiant·es M1 et M2)
  • Financement de formations à l'étranger (doctorant·es et étudiant·es M1 et M2)
    • Summer school
    • Semestre à l’étranger

Enhance and customize your academic path: elective courses

Complementary university-wide courses

Graduate program students at both the Master’s and PhD level have access to university-wide trainings in core competencies, both introductory and advanced, designed to supplement their academic study.
Those complementary university-wide courses, available in all of PSL’s component schools, are eligible for ECTS credit.

Career development & soft skills
Scientific culture
Languages (foreign languages, rare languages)

Data Science Program

Career opportunities

Trained in and through research, PSL alumni find numerous employment opportunities in the public, private and entrepreneurial sectors as well as in the academic world.

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