Graduate Admission

Current graduate students in seminar

Admission Criteria and Application Materials

Thank you for your interest in the graduate program with the Sociology Department! Prerequisites for regular admission to the program are:

  • a baccalaureate degree with a 3.0 grade-point average
  • 15 hours of college credit in sociology
  • a course in sociological theory
  • a course in statistics

Students who have not met one or more of the prerequisites above may be admitted provisionally or on probation for a limited time.

The application portal has closed for Fall 2017 applicants.
We begin accepting Fall 2018 applications in August 2017!


Applications for admission must include:

  • a completed application form
  • a current resume/curriculum vitae
  • a one-two page statement of academic interests and professional goals
  • three recommendation forms and letters focused on academic performance
  • one complete set of original, official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. These must be sealed and sent directly from the institution to the Sociology Department. KU students may request an electronic transcript be sent to the Sociology Department at
  • scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) aptitude tests
  • a brief writing sample of your best academic work or thesis
  • if desired, please include a cover letter indicating your wish to be considered for a teaching assistantship or scholarships/fellowships
  • an application fee. Please note all application fees are non-refundable and subject to change

For any application materials you wish to mail, please send them to the Department of Sociology, University of Kansas, 1415 Jayhawk Blvd., 716 Fraser Hall, Lawrence, KS 66045

International Applicants

The application procedure for international students is the same as above, except for the following:

  • Complete an "International Degree-Seeking Application for Admission" of the Graduate School of the University of Kansas
  • International applicants are required to submit scores on both the GRE and the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the Academic Format of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) administered by the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations. Please see the ETS homepage for testing centers. Applicants are expected to score at least 550 on the TOEFL paper based exam (79 oGraduate Emily Jones assisting with the Spring 2016 Undergraduate Ceremonyn the internet-based exam/ 213 on the computer based exam) or a minimum overall score of 6.5 on the IELTS.
  • International applicants who have earned a baccalaureate degree or higher from an accredited institution of higher education in the U.S. are exempt from having to submit TOEFL and/or IELTS scores to qualify for admission. Applicants seeking financial support must still submit TOEFL/IELTS scores.
  • Provide a statement of financial means for support during graduate studies at the University of Kansas. Credible documentary evidence of financial support must be provided before an I-20 form (for F-1 status) or a DS-2019 form (for J-1 status) can be issued. For current estimates of expenses needed, please visit the International Student Services cost sheet
  • Applicants who have studies in universities in other countries must make certain that a brief description of their major programs of study, their university's grading scale, and their rank relative to other students is provided.


The deadline for Fall graduate applications is December 15 of the preceding year. Completed application files received by this date will be considered for all forms of financial assistance including nomination by the Department for University awards and graduate teaching assistantships for the coming academic year. Applications will not be accepted after December 15.

Accepted applicants are invited to visit the KU Sociology faculty, staff and graduate students during our annual
Graduate Student Visit Day, March 2-3, 2017!

Financial Support

As stated above, completed application files received by December 15 will be considered for all forms of financial assistance including nomination by the department for Graduate School awards (see Graduate School funding) and Graduate Teaching Assistantships for the coming academic year. Most of our graduate students are funded through a multi-year funding package comprised of Graduate Teaching Assistantships. If eligible, students may also be funded through a combination of Graduate Teaching Assistantships, Graduate Research Assistantships, and fellowships. Lectureships opportunities are available for many of our advanced students. There are also a number of funding opportunities offered through the sociology department and the Graduate School on a competitive basis for conference &or research travel, summer research collection, and dissertation writing. Grads Alvord, Cooper, and Oh at ASA 2016

The Applied English Center assists departments in screening the oral language proficiency of non-native speakers of English who are applying for teaching positions. GTA applicants whose native language is not English are required by the Board of Regents policy to submit either a Speaking Proficiency English Assessment Kit test score of 50 or higher or the internet-based TOEFL exam (iBT) with a score of 22 or higher on the speaking section.

In most years, at least one student is supported by a fellowship from the Graduate School; 15 to 18 students are supported by graduate teaching assistantships; 6 or 7 students hold graduate research assistantships for individual faculty members; and 3 or 4 advanced doctoral students teach at other institutions. Support provided by university positions (half-time service) and fellowships averages about $14,000 per year for nine months. 

For information about grants, loans, and other need-based financial aid, contact KU's Financial Aid & Scholarships

The University of Kansas is committed to providing programs and activities to all persons, regardless of race, religion, color, sex, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, age, or veteran status. KU makes certain current and former members of the Armed Forces Kansas residents for the purpose of assessing tuition and fees at KU. For eligibility please check the Registrar’s site.

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