Department of Sociology

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Undergraduate Admission

To be admitted as a sociology major, you need to have a GPA of 2.0. You can declare socology as a major at any time. If you would like to switch your major to sociology, The Wilson Advising Center can assist you with this.

Graduate Admission

  • Applying to the M.A. or Ph.D. program in sociology is a two-part process. All applicants must submit a set of application materials to the UNLV Graduate College and an additional packet of materials to the sociology department. The materials sent to each are different, so please review the guidelines below and on the Graduate College website carefully to ensure that you submit the correct materials to each place. The deadline for submission of all application materials is Jan. 31 of each year.
  • International students must also submit official TOEFL scores, scores from your Test of Written English, as well as your completed financial statement (evidencing that you are able to satisfy financial eligibility requirements) to the Graduate College. These materials must be submitted before your credentials can be reviewed.
  • Also, please send the following packet of materials to the Graduate Coordinator, Department of Sociology, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV 89154-5033:
  • Application Materials

    • Three letters of recommendation, preferably from university or college faculty who can knowledgeably evaluate your ability to perform at the graduate level of study. These letters should discuss your academic performance, motivation, character, and promise for success in the M.A. or Ph.D. program.
    • A written statement from you explaining your academic background, objectives, interests in sociology, and tentative career plans. Be sure to highlight any relevant extra-curricular activities, and why you are interested in UNLV's program in particular.
    • An original copy of your GRE scores and transcripts of all college-level work, bachelor’s and graduate as applicable.
    • For masters program applicants: one academic writing sample.
    • For doctoral program applicants: send an M.A. level thesis and/or at least two original papers of substantial length and quality in an area of sociological inquiry, solely written by the applicant. If your thesis was written in a language other than English, you must translate it or send two papers in English.
    • International students must take both the TOEFL and the test of Written English and receive satisfactory scores on both.
    • If you are interested in applying for a graduate assistantship, please be sure to indicate this in your written statement and include a copy of the assistantship application form that you submitted to the Graduate College.
  • The department will consider all evidence for potential entry in the program. Keep in mind that admission is competitive and we only admit a limited number of students each year.

When Do I Apply?

The deadline for admission is Jan 31. If you want to apply for a graduate assistantship you must also do so before Jan 31.

The department does not admit students at any other time except very rarely under special circumstances. Ignore any other information that states admission deadlines other than that above.

It takes a minimum of 30-60 days for the university and department to process applications. You should receive notification on the status of your application at the end of that time.