Applying to the Sociology Graduate Program

Purdue University seeks graduate students with diverse intellectual perspectives and experiences, and accepts students without regard to age, race, gender, ethnicity, creed, national origin, disabilities, or sexual preference. The faculty members of the Graduate Committee, selected to represent the department's faculty and interests, make admission and funding (financial award) recommendations to the University's Graduate School. The Graduate Committee evaluates each applicant in terms of potential for success as a graduate student in this particular department and potential for successful professional work in the field of sociology. The deadline for submitting all application materials is December 31st.

There are two entry points for students into the graduate program in sociology at Purdue. The first is the MS program. Students without an MS or MA degree in sociology may apply to the MS program. Such students must also have successfully completed a sociological theory course, a social statistics course, and a research methods course. Students are typically admitted to the MS program only if they intend to continue on to pursue a PhD degree after completing the MS degree.

The other entry point is the PhD program. Applicants to the PhD program must have already completed an MA or MS in sociology. Students with advanced degrees in related fields (e.g., family studies, law, gerontology, social work, theology, or applied sociology) will not be admitted directly to the PhD program but may be admitted to the MS program and then can continue on to the PhD program after completing their MS in sociology at Purdue. Students may begin the MS or PhD program only during the fall semester.

The department’s six fields of sociological specialization are:

See requirements and steps for applying to the graduate program for additional information.

For more information, please contact Nicole Remley at or (765) 494-4673 or the Graduate Director, Prof. Dan Olson at . Professor Olson has also designed a custom web page answering frequently asked questions relevant for students interested in applying for Fall 2017 enrollment.

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