APPLICATION DEADLINE - December 15
The Department of Sociology requires prospective students to submit the following materials with their Graduate Studies Application:
- Statement of Purpose and Personal History Statement
- Prior Experience essay
- One example of Written Work
- Three Letters of Recommendation
- Official College Transcripts
- Graduate Record Examination Scores
- Fellowship Application
- TOEFL scores for foreign students
You must apply for graduate admission online. Applications are completed electronically, including the fee and all other required admission materials for the department. See Checklist for Submitting the Online Application. Direct all inquires to Sociology's Graduate Program Coordinator or Graduate Studies-Admissions, University of California, Davis, 250 Mrak Hall, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616. REVISED APPLICATION DEADLINE. The Application Deadline is December 15. Incomplete applications result in no action. All materials must be submitted and received no later than December 15 (including official transcripts, GRE, and TOEFL scores). It is the applicants responsibility to ensure all materials are submitted by the deadline. The department will not contact applicants if materials are missing. Admission is for Fall quarter only.
Statement of Purpose and Personal History Statement
The online application allows you 4000 characters to describe your statement of purpose and 4000 characters to write about your personal history. You may also use this section to describe the educational experiences that have prepared you for graduate training in sociology. The Prior Experience essay allows for 2000 characters. All character limits include spaces and returns.
Example of Your Written Work
The online application requires that you upload your written work. Please submit one document. Your sample need not be sociological in content but should be representative of your scholarly interests and of present and potential level of achievement. Applicants may submit a copy of the MA thesis if they have completed one. (Foreign students' essays must be in English.)
Three Letters of Recommendation
These must be from persons in a position to evaluate your scholarly potential. If possible, at least two should be from faculty with whom you have studied or worked. You must submit the letters electronically through the online application system. Paper copies will not be accepted. We strongly encourage applicants to ensure all three letters are submitted by December 1.
Official transcripts of all college work is required. Mail transcripts directly to ATTN: Graduate Program Coordinator (mailing address listed below).
Graduate Record Examination Scores
Please include the percentile as well as the raw GRE scores. The department does not require scores from the advanced sociology examination, although you may have them sent if you wish. The GRE test should have been completed within the last five (5) years. For additional information, contact the Educational Testing Service (ETS) at 609-921-9000 or visit their website at http://www.ets.org/. Please contact ETS and ask that they submit your scores electronically as part of your online application.
- Institutional Code: 4834
- Department Code: 2102
All applicants must complete the 'Online Fellowship Application' for Graduate Students (more detailed information) by the deadline of December 15. Note: please check yes for question 4 on the 1st page of your online application that asks if you are interested in applying for fellowship funding.
International students must meet the same admission requirements as United States citizens. Arrangements for taking the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) as well as Graduate Admissions requirement of TOEFL scores, may be made through the Educational Testing Service which has facilities throughout the world. For information on the testing center nearest you and schedules of examinations, contact: Educational Testing Service, Box 955, Princeton, New Jersey, 08540 or Box 1502, Berkeley, California 94704 or view their website at http://www.ets.org/.
Review Procedures and Notification
The department's Committee on Admissions and Support reviews and makes admission decisions only on applications that are complete. The departmental decision to admit, deny or cancel an application is sent to Graduate Studies for final action by the dean. Applicants with completed applications will be notified of acceptance or denial within 10-12 weeks of the December 1 application deadline. Applicants with incomplete applications (missing transcripts, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, etc.) will not be notified. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Sociology Graduate Program Coordinator with any questions about the application process or their application. You may request application materials and information on University requirements for admission to graduate study from Graduate Studies.
Deadlines are important in the application process. For consideration of admission to graduate study and financial assistance, all application materials must be received by the dates indicated. Late applications will not be accepted. Address inquiries concerning any aspect of the application process to the following:
ATTN: Graduate Program Coordinator
Department of Sociology
One Shields Avenue
University of California
Davis, CA 95616