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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 uploaded to the online application or mailed directly to the graduate program to which you are applying, as directed below. Click the links below for details. Supporting documents include the following, unless specific instructions are noted in the requirements sections of this page:

  • Transcripts
  • GRE Test
  • English Proficiency
    • International degree-seeking applicants are required to submit proof of English proficiency. We accept the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The minimum TOELFiBIT Enligh Speaking score is 25 and the minimum IELTS score is 8.0, though exceptions may be made in special cases.
  • 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.
    • [optional] Provide any additional information that you feel would help us in evaluating your application.
  • 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 - Required

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

Sociology

Fall Spring Summer
U.S. Citizen The Graduate Program Committee will begin reviewing application materials on December 10th. Applications submitted by this date will receive full consideration. No Entry No Entry
International The Graduate Program Committee will begin reviewing application materials on December 10th. Applications submitted by this date will receive full consideration. No Entry No Entry
Contact Information Mailing Address
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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 and Doctoral Degree Program Basic 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: 80
    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

Minimum Paper-Delivered Test - no overall score reported
With the following minimum section requirements:
Reading: 19
Listening: 14
Writing: 18

IELTS (Academic Module):
Minimum overall score required: 6.5
With the following minimum section requirements:
Reading: 6.5
Listening: 6.0
Speaking: 8.0
Writing: 5.5


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.

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

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