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Sociology Graduate Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements | How To Apply | Application Deadlines

Admissions Requirements

For prospective students who meet the Graduate School admissions requirements, admission in the sociology graduate program is usually routine if students meet the following requirements and standards:

  • At least 30 hours in the social sciences (anthropology, political science, economics, psychology, sociology, history)
    • At least 21 of these hours must be in sociology;
    • Six of these hours must be from (1) Sociological Theory and (2) Sociological Research Methods or Sociological Statistics, with grades of B or better;
  • An overall grade point average of at least 2.7 (A = 4.0)

We recognize that prospective students come from a variety of educational backgrounds and we do not want to discourage students who have little background in sociology from joining our program.  In the event that you have not met the 21 hour minimum for sociology courses, contact Dr. Sandra Weissinger, Graduate Program Director, about your chances of joining our program.

Office:  Peck Hall 1213

How to Apply

Applying to the graduate program in sociology requires 2 steps.

  • Step 1.  Graduate School

Complete the Graduate School Application available here.

Also, to the graduate school, you must submit a 1-2 page personal statement.  This statement helps the department’s Graduate Admissions and Assistantships Committee understand why you wish to pursue studies in sociology. The statement is submitted to the graduate school at the time of your application.

  • Step 2.  Department of Sociology

The Sociology Department would also like you to submit to us directly a writing sample. We would appreciate a writing sample that demonstrates your writing skills and your sociological competence. Submit writing sample to the Graduate Program Director via email ( or snail mail:

Dr. Sandra Weissinger, Graduate Program Director --Department of Sociology
Box 1455, SIUE
Edwardsville, IL 62026-1455

Application Deadlines

Students may be admitted to the program at the beginning of any semester.  Because of course sequencing, we encourage applications for admission in the fall semester.  The application deadlines for fall, spring and summer terms are as follows:

  • Fall semester:  July 10
  • Spring semester:  November 15
  • Summer term:  April 1

Please note that if students wish to apply for a graduate assistantship, they must be accepted to the program by the time they apply.  The deadline for assistantships is April 15.  Click here for more information on department funding.

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