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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions pertaining to Sociology's graduate program.

How many applications do you receive?

We receive anywhere from 75-130 applications each year.

How competitive is the admission process?

We usually make 22-25 offers with the hope of getting a cohort size of eight to twelve. We are not allowed to re-offer admission once students decline an offer.

What GPA is required for admission?

Graduate Studies requires a minimum 3.0 GPA. The average for students admitted into the program in recent years is approximately 3.5.

What score do I need on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) for admission?

In recent years, the average GRE raw score for students admitted into the program is 150 or better on each of Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning and 4.0 or better on the Analytical Writing. Only the general test is required.

Do you require the subject test for the GRE?

No, only the general test is required.

Can the requirement for GRE scores be waived?

No, the GRE is required for all applicants.

What is the deadline for applying for admission?

December 15th for the following fall quarter.

Do you offer classes in the evening?

Class times are set by individual instructors. They are normally held during the morning and afternoon.

How long does it take to get the Ph.D?

Usually three years of coursework and anywhere from 2-4 years to complete your qualifying paper, exams and dissertation.

How many faculty are there in the department?

Currently there are twenty-two faculty members.

How many faculty affiliates are there with the department?

There are five affiliated faculty.

How many graduate students are there in the department?

Approximately sixty-eight.

What is a typical cohort size?

Approximately eight to twelve.


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