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When To Apply For Admissions And Assistantships

All application materials for fall semester admission should be received no later than January 15 of the year of entry into the program. Incomplete applications have a reduced chance of success at that time. We do not usually consider admission for spring or summer. Please note that this schedule may differ from admission practices and schedules elsewhere in the university.

Graduate Assistantship Funding

We consider all applicants for assistantships. A separate application is not necessary.

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. 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. Submit unofficial transcripts from each institution at which you took undergraduate and graduate course work.
  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 GRE scores matter, but we do not have a set minimum. The scores are looked at along with other required materials as we assess each applicant.
  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

Review this Graduate School webpage for deadlines, requirements, and more.

If you still have questions, please email Sociology's Director of Graduate Studies.

When you are ready to begin the process, visit CSU's Online Graduate Application.

Interested in Applying?