The Graduate School Advance to a Higher Degree


Supported Degree Objectives

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

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)
  • 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

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    • 3.0 or equivalent

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Spring Summer
    December 10* No Entry No Entry

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

Program Contact Information

  • Name Nicole Remley
    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.

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

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