Admissions | Department of Sociology



A. Applicants for the 5-year BS/Masters Gradtrak program are only required to complete the sociology departmental application and email it to with "GradTrak Application" in the email subject line. GRE scores, letters of recommendation, and a statement of purpose are not required for the BS/Masters GradTrak program.

B. The admission process to our MA/MS, PhD, and masters-PhD pass-through continues year-round and involves two steps:

1) Applicants must complete an application to the Toulouse Graduate School.

2) Applicants for the MA/MS, PhD, and masters-PhD pass-through must also complete the sociology departmental application and a statement of purpose, and have three letters of recommendation sent to the department on their behalf. Please direct these documents (application form, SOP, and LORs) to the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Gabe Ignatow (

3) Applicants for the PhD and masters-PhD pass-through 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.

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.
  • 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 Toulouse Graduate School will notify applicants of the admission decision to the sociology program.

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