Admissions | Department of Sociology


The admission process to the doctoral program is a two-step process that is highly competitive. Applicants must first be admitted to the Toulouse Graduate School (please click here for admission requirements). Next, applicants must complete the sociology departmental application, which requires a statement of purpose and four completed recommendation forms and/or letters of recommendation.

Students with a master's degree may be considered for either unconditional or conditional admission based on the following requirements (note that conditional admission requires filing an appeal with the Toulouse Graduate School).

Unconditional Admission

  • Applicants must have completed 18 hours of sociology (at least 3 graduate semester hours each in social research methods, an acceptable course on social statistics, and social theory).
  • Applicants must have acceptable scores on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE (please click here or contact the Director of Graduate Studies for information concerning admission test scores).
  • Applicants must have earned at least a 3.5 GPA on master's course work.

Additional course work is typically required if applicants have fewer than the required number of hours and courses needed for unconditional admission.

Outstanding undergraduates without the master's degree who meet all possible unconditional requirements may be considered for admission in the doctoral program. If admitted, a pass-through master's degree option is available.

Conditional Admission

  • Applicants must earn at least a 3.0 GPA on all master's course work.
  • Applicants must have acceptable scores on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE.
  • Applicants must provide substantial alternative evidence of potential success in graduate studies.

The graduate school dean will notify applicants of the admission decision to the sociology program. Applicants whose documents are received by November 30th will receive priority. Beginning Fall 2015 the graduate school has adopted the following deadlines for applications. For domestic applicants, the deadlines are: October 15th for Spring enrollment, June 15th for Fall enrollment, and April 15th for Summer enrolment. For international applicants, the deadlines are: September 1st for Spring enrollment, April 1st for Fall enrollment, and January 1st for Summer enrolment. Selected candidates will be invited to attend a retreat during the Spring where they will learn more about the program and have an opportunity to meet members of the faculty. Accepted applicants should consult with our department's Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Helen Potts, as they select courses for their first term.

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