Graduate Studies

Applying to the Graduate Program

When to apply for admissions and assistantships: All applications material for Fall Semester admission to the sociology graduate program should be received no later than the preceding January 15. Applications that are incomplete at this date have a reduced chance of success. The sociology department does not usually consider admissions for spring or summer term. Note that this schedule differs from the university’s default admission practices and schedules.

Application for a graduate assistantship: We consider all applicants for assistantships. No separate application is necessary.

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During the application process you will be asked to:

  1. Submit a statement of your professional interests and objectives. This document is sometimes called “Statement of Purpose” in various Graduate School application documents.  It should make clear what areas or aspects of sociology most interest you, and how your academic experience is relevant to them. For Ph.D. students especially, you should explain how your professional goals and interests fit with what our program can offer. Statements should not exceed 1,000 words.
  2. Arrange for certified transcripts to be sent from each institution at which you took undergraduate and graduate course work.  They will be sent directly from the institution to the following address: Graduate Admissions, 1062 Campus Delivery, Fort Collins CO  80523-1062
  3. Provide names, email addresses, and office addresses for three persons who will write recommendation letters for you. These should be persons who are in a position to evaluate your academic and professional potential. CSU will contact them and arrange for their letters to be sent directly to CSU.
  4. Have your Graduate Record Examination Scores (quantitative, verbal, and analytic writing) sent directly to CSU. The GRE institution code for CSU is 4075. Information regarding this examination may be obtained from the Educational Testing Service at
  5. International students only: Supply evidence of proficiency in oral and written English by the TOEFL (minimum of 80) or the IELTS (6.5). Information regarding this examination is available from the Educational Testing Service at


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