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GradTrack Students

Applicants for the 5 1/2-year Bachelor's/Master's GradTrack program are only required to schedule an appointment with the Undergraduate Advisor, Dr. Helen Potts (Helen.Potts@unt.edu), to file the necessary paperwork to admit them to the GradTrack program as an undergraduate student. GradTrack students will apply to the master's program during the semester in which they graduate with their bachelor's (deadline of February 1 for spring graduates and October 1 for fall graduates). The process for GradTrack students to apply for the master's program involves three steps:

  1. Complete an ApplyTexas application through the Toulouse Graduate School. Applicants will be notified via email when this application is complete and deferred to the Department of Sociology for consideration.
  2. Submit the Sociology departmental application, a resume/CV, and a statement of purpose (SOP) detailing their areas of research interest and the department faculty with whom they wish to collaborate. All departmental application materials (application form, SOP, and resume/CV) should be sent as attachments to sociology@unt.edu.
  3. Once all materials are submitted to the Department of Sociology, the application will be sent to the department's Graduate Studies Committee for review. The Toulouse Graduate School will notify all applicants of the final admissions decision.

GradTrack students applying for the master's program are not required to submit letters of recommendation or Graduate Record Exam (GRE General Test) results.

Graduate Certificate Students

Students admitted to the master's and PhD programs are eligible for both the Digital Sociology and Applied Sociology graduate certificates.

Applications to the UNT Digital Sociology Certificate Program can be submitted online at the Graduate School website, under Graduate Academic Certificate.

Current UNT graduate students can submit applications to the UNT Digital Sociology Certificate Program at the Graduate School website, under Concurrent Admission.

All certificate program applicants must complete an application to the Toulouse Graduate School. Applicants will be notified via email when their application is complete and deferred to the Department of Sociology for consideration.

MA/MS/PhD/Pass-Through Students

The admission process to our MA/MS, PhD, and master's-PhD pass-through programs continues year-round. However, there is a deadline of February 1 for preferential admissions of master's and PhD applicants. The application process for the MA/MS, PhD-only, and master's-PhD involves three steps:

  1. Complete an ApplyTexas application through the Toulouse Graduate School. Applicants will be notified via email when this application is complete and deferred to the Department of Sociology for consideration.
  2. Submit the Sociology departmental application, a resume/CV, and a statement of purpose (SOP) detailing their areas of research interest and the department faculty with whom they wish to collaborate. In addition, two letters of recommendation (LORs) must be sent to the department on the applicant's behalf. All departmental application materials (application form, SOP, resume/CV, and 2 LORs) should be sent as attachments to sociology@unt.edu.
  3. Once all materials are submitted to the Department of Sociology, the application will be sent to the department's Graduate Studies Committee for review. The Toulouse Graduate School will notify all applicants of the final admissions decision.

The Graduate Record Exam (GRE General Test) is not required for any graduate program applicants, although applicants who have taken the GRE and wish their scores to be considered with their applications may have their scores sent to the Toulouse Graduate School.

Funding

Applicants for the PhD and master's-PhD pass-through programs who wish to be considered for funding, including UNT's Tuition Benefits Program, work opportunities, and departmental scholarships (click here for more information), should complete their applications by February 1. Applications received after February 1 will be given a lower priority for funding, although in some years funding may still be available.

Additional Requirements for PhD Applicants

Applicants for the PhD-only program must have completed a master's degree in sociology with a master's thesis. PhD applicants with master's degrees in other fields can request to place out of core master's-level courses such as statistics and methods if they have completed the relevant master's-level coursework in another field. The department can also accept transfer credits for sociology courses at all levels from other institutions (such as TWU).

For general questions about the sociology graduate program, contact our graduate advisor, Dr. Gabe Ignatow, at gabe.ignatow@unt.edu

For questions regarding your Toulouse Graduate School application, please reference the graduate school's website or contact them by emailing gograd@unt.edu

For questions regarding your application once it's been deferred to the Department of Sociology, contact us by phone at (940) 565-2296 or email sociology@unt.edu