The Graduate School Advance to a Higher Degree


We regret to announce Purdue Sociology will not accept applications for our graduate program for Fall 2021. This has been a difficult decision for us, but we feel we have a responsibility to focus our resources on supporting our current students in this uncertain time. We look forward to welcoming a new cohort for Fall 2022.


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
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
    • Applicants are reviewed holistically. The GRE is one of many components considered during the review process. There is no minimum score necessary to apply.
  • English Proficiency (Non-native English speaking international applicants: choose a test below)
    • TOEFL: Internet-Based Test (IBT): Minimum Overall Required Score: 80
      • Minimum section requirements:
        • Reading: 19
        • Listening: 14
        • Speaking: 25
        • Writing: 18
    • TOEFL: Paper-Delivered Test: Minimum Overall Required Score: No minimum
      • Minimum section requirements:
        • Reading: 19
        • Listening: 14
        • Writing: 18
    • IELTS (Academic Module): Minimum Overall Required Score: 6.5
      • Minimum section requirements:
        • Reading: 6.5
        • Listening: 6.0
        • Speaking: 8.0
        • Writing: 5.5

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 Tammy Crider
    Phone 765-494-4666
    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

Ernest C. Young Hall, Room 170 | 155  S. Grant Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2114 | 765-494-2600

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