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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 on a provisional basis.

Now accepting applications for Fall 2019!

Applications are due by Dec. 15, 2018.

Applications for admission must include:

  • a completed online 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. If official electronic delivery is available, please direct your transcripts to graduateadm@ku.edu.
  • scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) aptitude tests
  • a 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

Non-native English speakers must also provide proof of English proficiency. More information on English proficiency requirements and documentation is available from Graduate Studies.

Most application materials can be uploaded directly to the online application. For any application materials you wish to mail, please send them to Graduate Admissions, University of Kansas, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd., Strong Hall 313, Lawrence, KS 66045.


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 will be to visit the KU Sociology faculty, staff, and graduate students during our annual
Graduate Student Visit Day in early March 2019!

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 university awards 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 university on a competitive basis for conference and/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 Kansas Board of Regents policy to submit either a Speaking Proficiency English Assessment Kit (SPEAK) test score of 50 or higher, a score of 22 or higher on the speaking section of the internet-based TOEFL exam, or a score of 8.0 or higher on the speaking section of the academic format IELTS exam.

In most years, at least one student is supported by a fellowship from the university; 15 to 18 students are supported by graduate teaching assistantships; six or seven students hold graduate research assistantships for individual faculty members; and three or four advanced doctoral students teach at other institutions. Support provided by university positions (half-time service) and fellowships averages about $15,500 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 considers 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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Application Questions?

Do you have a question about
application materials or want to check on the status of your application? 

Contact Graduate Academic Advisor Corinne Butler!

Phone: (785) 864-9419

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