Who should Apply?

Purdue University seeks graduate students with diverse intellectual perspectives and experiences and accepts students without regard to age, race, gender, ethnicity, creed, national origin, disabilities, or sexual preference.

There are two entry points for students into the graduate program in sociology at Purdue. The first is the MS program. Students without an MS or MA degree in sociology may apply to the MS program. Students are typically admitted to the MS program only if they intend to continue on to pursue a PhD degree after completing the MS degree.

The other entry point is the PhD program. Applicants to the PhD program must have already completed an MA or MS in sociology. Students with advanced degrees in related fields (e.g., family studies, law, gerontology, social work, theology, or applied sociology) will not be admitted directly to the PhD program but may be admitted to the MS program and then can continue on to the PhD program after completing their MS in sociology at Purdue. Students may begin the MS or PhD program only during the fall semester.

The deadline for submitting all application materials is December 31 for admission to begin in the following fall semester.

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