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Sociology

Thank you for your interest in our graduate program. Before you continue with the electronic application for admission, please ensure that you are familiar with the minimum requirements for admission to graduate degree study in Sociology. Failure to satisfy these requirements may lead to automatic denial of admission.

Supporting Documents: Additional documents are required to support the application. Supporting documents should be mailed directly to the graduate program to which you are applying. Supporting documents include the following:

  • Transcripts - Sociology will accept unofficial transcripts and/or academic documents uploaded through the online application system for review purposes.  You will only need to provide official transcripts and/or academic records at the request of Sociology or if you are recommended for admission.
  • GRE Test
  • English Proficiency
    NOTE: The Sociology department requires valid English proficiency test scores from all international applicants applying to the graduate program. The department will NOT waive this requirement even for applicants who have received a baccalaureate, graduate, or professional degree from a U.S. institution within the past 24 months & in addition the department MAY require those admitted to take Purdue’s OEPP test.  Effective May 2014; the minimum English speaking score in the TOEFLiBT is 25.
  • Recommendation letters
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Writing Sample: A sample of written work in English (e.g., a senior thesis, term paper, or published paper about 10-25 pages, double spaced) providing evidence of potential independent research and writing.

Application Deadlines: Applications and all supporting documentation must be received on or before the deadlines listed below:

Sociology

Fall Spring Summer
U.S. Citizen

December 15

No Entry No Entry
International December 15 No Entry No Entry
Contact Information Send Supporting Documents To:
(In order to expedite the processing of your application, we ask that you submit all supporting documents in one large envelope.)
Web Sites of Interest
Name: Nicole Remley
Phone: (765) 494-4673 
E-mail: ncavanau@purdue.edu
Department of Sociology
Purdue University
700 West State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2059
USA

Current master’s students wishing to move to a doctoral degree program in this same graduate program will not be required to submit a new application.

Sociology Master's Degree Program Basic Requirements

Applicants to the Master's Degree Program in Sociology must have established English proficiency and completed at least 9 credit hours of Sociology, including at least one Sociological Methods course, one Sociological Theory course, and one Social Statistics course.

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    3.0 or equivalent required
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE):
    Required -- no minimum score has been set

International Applicant Requirements:

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    3.0 or equivalent required
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE):
    Required -- no minimum score set
  • TOEFL for Non-Native English Speakers:
    Minimum Internet-Based Test (IBT) Overall Score Required: 78
    With the following minimum section requirements:
    Reading: 19
    Listening: 14
    Speaking: 25 
    Writing: 18
  • IELTS (Academic Module):
    An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 8.0 or higher will be accepted

Sociology Doctoral Degree Program Basic Requirements

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    3.0 or equivalent required
  • Master's Degree Completion:
    Master's in Sociology required, with a grade point average of 3.25 or equivalent
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE):
    Required -- no minimum score set

International Applicant Requirements:

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    3.0 or equivalent required
  • Master's Degree Completion:
    Master's in Sociology required, with a grade point average of 3.25 or equivalent
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE):
    Required -- no minimum score set
  • TOEFL for Non-Native English Speakers:
    Minimum Internet-Based Test (IBT) Overall Score Required: 78
    With the following minimum section requirements:
    Reading: 19
    Listening: 14
    Speaking: 25 
    Writing: 18
  • IELTS (Academic Module):
    An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 8.0 or higher will be accepted

    If you do not meet the basic requirements described above, please do not submit an electronic application until you have contacted our graduate program staff.