Deadline for graduate admissions materials: January 15th
The department typically admits eight new graduate students each year. Admission is granted for fall term only except under unusual circumstances.
The decision to admit a student to the graduate program in sociology is made by the department's Admissions and Awards Committee. Admission is based on letters of recommendation, the applicant's personal statement, scores on the Graduate Record Examination, academic transcripts and other relevant information such as the area of interest. Applicants are expected to have earned at least a bachelor's degree in sociology or a related discipline, and to have a grade-point average of at least 3.0 on a four-point scale. Students entering the program with a Master's degree in sociology from other institutions are expected to show the same breadth of preparation expected of those completing master's degrees in this department.
All applicants are required to take the GRE. The GRE, transcripts, letters of recommendation, personal statements, and other information are all imperfect measures of probable success in graduate school. The department treats each of these as one of many variables considered in the admissions process. The department is strongly committed to Affirmative Action and urges qualified minority students to apply.