In order to be eligible to apply for the M.A. program, you must:
- Be able to provide evidence of your ability to do graduate-level work based upon past academic performance, GRE scores, motivation, character, professional goals, and promise for success. In addition to your grades and test scores, these can be addressed in your statement of interest and letters of recommendation, preferably from faculty members who can speak to your ability to do graduate-level work.
- Have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.00.
- Have satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (the general exam, not the specific sociology exam). We have no minimum score. However, the higher your score, the better your chances of admission. Keep in mind that when we are making admission decisions we look at your entire record for evidence of potential to successfully complete a competitive and rigorous graduate program.
In addition to the admission requirements already listed, applicants who are citizens of a country where English is not the native language must show competency in the English language. As part of your application you must take the "Test of English as a Foreign Language" (TOEFL) and receive a minimum score of 550 on the written or 213 on the computerized test; you must also take the Test of Written English. International applicants also must submit a completed financial statement and satisfy the financial eligibility requirements before your credentials can be reviewed.
If your bachelor's degree is not in sociology, you should have a minimum of 18 credit hours in undergraduate sociology courses. In evaluating "equivalent" courses we look for a good background in sociological theory, research methods, and statistics. We want to make sure you can excel in our rigorous graduate-level core courses in these areas. If you need to get up to speed, you may enroll as a "non-admitted graduate student" in SOC 421 Classical Theory, SOC 422 Modern Sociological Theory, SOC 403 Techniques of Social Research, or SOC 404 Statistical Methods for the Social Sciences. Please note that because these courses address deficiencies in your preparation for graduate school, they will not be counted in your graduate degree program once you are admitted. If you have any questions, contact the graduate coordinator. Also see the Graduate College statement on "Evidence of Adequate Preparation."