Admissions | Department of Sociology


MS, PhD, & Pass-Through Students

The admission process to our MS, MS-to-PhD Pass-Through, and PhD programs continues year-round. However, there is a deadline of February 1 for preferential admissions of MS, PhD, and Pass-Through applicants. The application process for the MS, PhD-only, and Pass-Through 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 form, 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
  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.


Applicants for the PhD and MS-to-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.

For general questions about the sociology graduate program, contact our graduate director, Dr. Gabe Ignatow, at

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

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