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Frequently Asked Questions

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!

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 have the opportunity to 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.

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

The GRE (General Test) and TOEFL. Our department requires a TOEFL score of 100 to be admitted to the program.

Due to the nature of graduate admissions and the holistic review our department undertakes, the average scores and GPAs of students can vary year to year. Looking for a specific set of test scores or GPAs is not how we conduct our admissions review. Please consult our Admissions overview for the most up-to-date information on our admissions process.

The Graduate School sets a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher in the most recent academic program. In addition, the sociology program requires a TOEFL score of 100 or higher (above the Graduate School requirement). Aside from these requirements, there are no numeric requirements for admission.  

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, CV or resume, writing sample and 3 letters of reference.

The department will enroll 10-12 new students each year. Over the past 4 years, we have averaged 101 applications.

All incoming students must start in the fall. 

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

All students admitted to the program receive a 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. The 2020 cohort was offered 6 years of funding.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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