Admissions Overview

December 15th was the application deadline for admission in Fall 2014. Applications are currently under review.  The next application cycle will begin in October for admission in Fall 2015. 

For detailed application instructions and requirements - and to apply online - see Graduate Admissions.

To be admitted as a graduate student at UCSC, you must have a bachelor's degree or the equivalent from an accredited undergraduate institution of acceptable standing. All applicants are required to complete the application package which is accompanied by the $80 application fee for domestic applicants, or $100 for international applicants. The following are required to apply to the Sociology Ph.D program:

  • the online application 
  • a statement of purpose (2-3 pages)
  • a personal history statement (2-3pages)
  • a transcript (unofficial or official) from the Registrar at each college-level institution attended, regardless of the length of time in attendance or if a degree was received, or whether work was completed. For purposes of the review, if you have unofficial transcripts, these can be uploaded individually for each of the institutions you list. If you do not have access to an unofficial transcript, an official transcript must be sent to Graduate Applications Processing Center. Students who accept an offer of admission will be required to submit official transcripts. Please do not submit duplicate transcripts.
  • three letters of recommendation
  • Graduate Record Examination scores (general test only). Scores must be received by the application deadline. The UCSC School Code is: 4860. There is no department code. (Official scores are required for full consideration of your application; self-reported scores are placeholders only.)
  • a writing sample, approximately 20 pages, preferably in sociology or a related field. This sample is commonly a term paper, a field report, a research proposal, or an essay written especially for the application.
  • Applicants from countries where English is not the primary language must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System test (IELTS). The minimum scores for admission are lower than those required for consideration for teaching assistantships. For admission to the Sociology program, the minimum scores are: 550 for paper-based TOEFL, 83 for internet-based TOEFL, or 7 for IELTS. To be considered for Teaching Assistantships, you must score 26 or higher on the Spoken Word portion of the internet-based TOEFL, or get an overall score of 8 for IELTS.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - Sociology PhD Program and Admissions

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All hard copy materials should be sent to Graduate Applications Processing Center at the following address.

Graduate Application Processing Center
University of California, Santa Cruz
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064


To contact the Graduate Program Coordinator, call (831) 459-3168 (Mon - Thurs, 8-12 and 1-5). Voicemail messages will receive a response if the caller leaves their name, phone, email, and questions. Or email:

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