Thank you for your interest in UCSC's Sociology Department. We encourage you to browse our website to learn more about our program and our nationally and internationally recognized faculty. If UCSC seems like a good fit for your interests, please apply. The application for Fall 2018 admission is now available and will close on Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 11:59pm PST. We hope to have your creative and intellectual energy here as a graduate student in the Sociology Department!

Learn about UCSC's Sociology program, PhD requirements, faculty's research, and faculty.

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Application process

View the Sociology admissions FAQ for the answers to common questions.
The online application process is administered by Graduate Division, not by the department. For technical questions about the online application, see the Graduate Division Admissions page and Graduate Division Admissions FAQ.

The Sociology PhD application requires the following:

  • Online application
  • $90 application fee for domestic applicants, $125 application fee for international applicants
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited undergraduate institution
  • Statement of purpose (2-3 pages)
  • Personal history statement (2-3 pages)
  • One writing sample, approximately 20 pages, preferably in Sociology or in a related field. This sample is commonly a term paper, a field report, a research proposal, or an essay written specifically for the application.
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • 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. Students who accept an offer of admission will be required to submit official transcripts. Please do not submit duplicate transcripts.
  • Graduate Record Examination scores (general test only). Official scores must be received by the application deadline, self-reported scores are placeholders only. The UCSC School Code is 4860. There is no department code.
  • 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). 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 on the IELTS.

Questions? Contact the Graduate Program Coordinator at pmiranda@ucsc.edu or call (831) 459-3168.


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