Supported Degree Objectives

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Master of Science (MS)

Required Supporting Documents

  • Transcripts
  • Recommendation Letters
  • Statement of Purpose
    • A brief statement responding to the following with roughly a paragraph each (100-150 words)
      • Purdue focuses on seven areas of concentration in sociology: family; health, aging, and the life course; law and society; social inequality: class, gender, race/ethnicity, and sexuality; social movements and political sociology; sociology of religion; and work and organizations. In which area(s) are you most interested and what draws you to these areas?
      • Our program emphasizes training for academic positions and non-academic positions involving social science research. Describe how this training fits with your career goals.
      • Describe any skills you have developed or experiences you have had that have helped you prepare for graduate study in sociology.
      • Provide any additional information that you feel would help us in evaluating your application. (Optional)
  • 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.
  • CV

English Proficiency Requirements

Doctoral and Master's Degree Program Requirements

  • Cumulative Grade Point Average from most recently conferred undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree:
    • 3.0 or equivalent (A=4.0)

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Spring Summer
    December 10* No Entry No Entry

  • *Applications submitted by this date will receive full consideration.

Program Contact Information

  • Name Dan Rudel
    Phone 765-494-4673
    Web Program Website
    Address Department of Sociology
    Purdue University
    700 West State Street
    West Lafayette, IN 47907-2059

Additional Information

  • 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.
  • We do NOT admit students seeking only an MS degree.
  • Exceptions may be made in special cases regarding departmental minimum required test scores. The Graduate School minimum English proficiency test score requirements still apply and can be found at
Purdue West Lafayette campus