Admissions | Department of Sociology

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A. Applicants for the 5-year BS/Masters Gradtrak program are only required to schedule an appointment with the undergraduate program director Dr. Helen Potts (Helen.Potts@unt.edu) in order to file the necessary paperwork. Letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, and GRE scores 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. However, there is a deadline of February 1 for preferential admissions of masters and PhD applicants. The application process for the MA/MS, PhD only and masters-PhD 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 (SOP) that mentions the applicant's areas of research interest and the faculty members in the department with whom the applicant could potentially collaborate. Two letters of recommendation must be sent to the department on the applicant's behalf. Please email these documents (application form, SOP, and LORs) as attachments to sociology@unt.edu. The GRE exam is not required for the MA/MS program.

All applicants for the PhD and masters-PhD pass-through must take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE General Test) and have the scores sent to the Toulouse School of Graduate Study. The GRE is not required for the MA/MS, although MA/MS applicants who have taken the GRE and wish their scores to be considered with their applications may have their scores sent to the Toulouse School of Graduate Study.

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.

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

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

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