Frequently Asked Questions

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Here are answers to some of our most frequently asked questions. If you don't see your question answered here, feel free to fill out the contact form below!

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We do not offer a terminal MA degree. All of our students are admitted with the expectation that they will work towards the Ph.D. Those entering the program without an MA in Sociology will earn an MA as they work towards Ph.D. All students should apply to the Ph.D program, even if they do not hold an MA.

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The General Test. The GRE Sociology Subject test is not required. 

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The GRE (General Test) and TOEFL.

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The vast majority of students admitted to the program score above the 75th percentile on the GRE (verbal and quantitative average). Most students admitted to the program have GPAs in the vicinity of 3.6 on a 4.0 scale.

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There is no cut-off. We weigh GRE scores and GPA against other qualifications and achievements. However anything below 3.0 would not be considered competitive and would not likely be admitted.

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As part of the online application, GRE scores, and TOEFL for international applicants, you must provide transcripts for ALL colleges and universities you have attended, a statement of purpose, writing sample and 3 letters of reference.

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The department will admit about 23 students each year to its graduate programs. Total applications range from 65-125.

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All incoming students must start in the fall. 

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You can apply with any major. Most of our students have undergraduate degrees in sociology, psychology, political science, criminology, criminal justice, or education.

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All students admitted to the program receive a 5 year funding package through fellowships, research assistantships or teaching assistantships. This funding package includes a stipend and a tuition waiver. We also have a strong record of providing summer support.

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Admissions decisions are made by a faculty committee. Most admissions decisions are made by the end of January.

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Yes. Transfer requests are determined on a case-by-case basis.

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Although most students start immediately, deferring admission for one year is possible. Such requests are considered on a case-by-case basis. However, funding may or may not be deferred.

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By the nationally imposed April 15 deadline, however it is helpful for us, budget wise to receive your decision as soon as you’ve made it.

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Six years for most students. In some cases, students may be done in 5.

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Because our program is a research based Ph.D. program, most of our graduates obtain academic positions. However, some work as researchers in government agencies, in the private sector, and for nonprofits.

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