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Admission Criteria and Application Materials

Thank you for your interest in the graduate program in sociology! Our program is designed for students intending to earn both an MA and a Ph.D. Students may be admitted with either bachelor's or master's degrees. There are Ph.D. and MA/Ph.D. options. Students who have only a bachelor's degree, or a master's degree in another field, should select "Sociology (MA/PhD)" on the application. Once admitted, they will have an option to finish with a terminal MA or to continue with the Ph.D. after acquiring the MA. Students who enter the program having already completed a master's degree with a thesis in sociology or a closely related field may apply directly to the Ph.D. level of the program, which allows them to bypass master's level requirements if admitted. Simply select "Sociology (PhD)" for the program when submitting the online application.

Prerequisites for regular degree-seeking admission to the program are:

  • a baccalaureate degree with a 3.0 grade-point average
  • 15 hours of college credit in sociology and/or closely related fields
  • a course in sociological theory
  • a course in statistics

Students who have not met one or more of the prerequisites above still can be admitted but will be required to take additional courses.

Applications for fall 2022 admission will be accepted August 2, 2021 through January 5, 2022.

Click here for information on non-degree seeking admissions.


Applications for admission must include:

  • a completed online application form
    • on the Program Information page, Sociology is listed under "Social and Behavioral Sciences" in the Academic Area of Interest menu
  • a current resume/curriculum vitae
  • a one-two page statement (single-spaced) of academic interests and professional goals
  • three recommendation forms and letters focused on academic performance
  • one complete set of transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. For institutions outside of the U.S., a copy of the diploma or degree certiicate is also required. Applicants may upload a scanned version of an official trancript to the online application. A printout from a student portal is not considered an official copy. Official transcripts may be submitted directly to KU, but this is not required at the time of application. Official electronic transcripts can be sent to graduateadm@ku.edu; hard copy transcripts can be sent to Graduate Admissions, KU Visitor Center, 1502 Iowa St., Lawrence, KS 66045.
    Exception: Applicants who have attended KU are not required to upload a copy of a KU transcript to the application.  
  • a writing sample of your best academic work or thesis
  • 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.
  • GRE scores are optional for the Fall 2022 admission cycle. Applicants who wish to have their GRE scores considered should request that ETS submit their score report to KU using institution code 6871.


The deadline for Fall graduate applications is January 5. (If January 5 falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline will be the next business day.) 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. Late applications will not be accepted.

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

Financial Support

As stated above, completed application files received by January 5 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. Lecturer 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

Non-native English speakers must also provide proof of English proficiency in order to be eligible for funding as gradaute teaching assistant. More information on English proficiency requirements and documentation is available from Graduate Studies.

In most years, at least one student is supported by a fellowship from the university; 18 to 20 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 $17,750 per year for nine months. 

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

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PhD Adrianne Matlock with a 'You Can Do It!' thumbs up!

Application Questions?

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

Contact Graduate Program Coordinator Corinne Butler!


Graduate Student Kudos

PhD student Sam Kendrick has a new article out in Sexuality and Culture - way to go!

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