Sociology Graduate Admissions


Who should apply?

  • Persons interested in defining and advancing social justice.
  • Persons interested in promoting the well-being of their communities.
  • Persons interested in meaningful dialogue about power and privilege in society.
  • Persons interested in developing solutions to local, national and global social problems.
  • Persons interested in embarking upon or advancing careers in social justice organizations, human service and criminal justice agencies, public policy work, social science research centers, and instructor or administrative positions in institutions of higher education are encouraged to apply.

Inquiries and questions are encouraged - please contact the current Graduate Coordinator at

How to apply? Application materials and requirements are addressed below. Applicants should use the Graduate Admissions Portal to submit application materials. Find out more about Graduate Admissions.

Application Deadline - Rolling admissions

The graduate program in sociology will accept application materials for either fall or spring enrollment. Application materials must be submitted by the GSRI deadline for the given semester in which the student wishes to commence the program. Interested students may explore the program prior to admission and, upon approval of the Graduate Coordinator, earn up to 9 credits as a non-matriculated student prior to program acceptance.

Application Materials:

All application materials should be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions via the online Graduate Admissions Portal. The Sociology Department requires that the following materials be submitted:

  • GSRI Graduate Application Form (accessible via the aforementioned portal)
  • All undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  • One to two letters of recommendations from individuals able to comment on the applicant's ability to engage in quality scholarship.
  • A 300–500 word statement of purpose explaining why you are interested in pursuing the Master of Science in sociology, particularly your interest in Social Justice studies.
  • An exemplary writing sample from a previously completed course. [Please contact the Graduate Coordinator if none are available.]

Admission Requirements

To be accepted into the Sociology Department's Master of Science degree program, candidates must have complete and satisfactory application materials and a cumulative undergraduate quality point ratio of 3.0 or higher.

Candidates with less than a 3.0 but at least a 2.5 cumulative undergraduate quality point ratio may be given conditional acceptance into the program, provided their application files are complete and satisfactory. Upon completion of three courses with a grade point ratio of "B" or higher, candidates may be given unconditional acceptance into the program. A limited number of candidates are awarded conditional acceptance each year.

Candidates with less than a 2.5 but at least a 2.0 cumulative undergraduate quality point ratio can take classes on a non-matriculated basis. After completion of three courses with a "B" or higher and a complete and satisfactory application file, candidates may apply for acceptance into the program. Acceptance is not guaranteed upon completion of 9 credits.