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The Department of Sociology requires prospective students to submit the following materials with their Graduate Studies Application:

  • Application
  • Statement of Purpose and Personal History Statement
  • Prior Experience statement
  • One example of Written Work
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Graduate Record Examination Scores
  • Fellowship Application
  • TOEFL scores for foreign students
  • Application fee $105 domestic applicants and $125 international applicants
  • Official College Transcripts: UC Davis requires academic records from each college-level institution you have attended.  You will be instructed to upload scanned copies of your transcripts after you have submitted your online application.  For more details visit


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 statement 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.

College Transcripts

Official transcripts of all college work is required. NEW for Fall 2015 Applicants for 2016 Fall Qtr.

UC Davis requires academic records from each college-level institution you have attended.  You will be instructed to upload scanned copies of your transcripts after you have submitted your online application.  For more details visit

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 Please contact ETS and ask that they submit your scores electronically as part of your online application.

  • Institutional Code: 4834
  • Department Code: 2102

Fellowship Application

All applicants must complete the 'Online Fellowship Application' for Graduate Students 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

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

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 15 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

(530) 752-4147


1283 Social Sciences & 
University of California, 
One Shields Avenue 
Davis, CA 95616

(530) 752-0782 phone
(530) 752-0783 fax

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