Application Information

To receive full consideration for admission and financial aid for Fall 2020, completed School of Sociology applications for fall admission must be received by January 5, 2020.


  • To receive full consideration for financial aid, completed School of Sociology applications for fall admission must be received by January 5, 2020.  
  • The School of Sociology will be closed for winter break from December 23-January 3. Therefore if you have questions, please contact us as soon as possible.
  • We recommend that you initiate an application as soon as possible so that you can generate requests for reference letters well in advance of the deadline. You can do this at any time and prior to paying the application fee or submitting the application.
  • Applications submitted by January 5 but with missing test scores or letters will be considered, but late arrivals of such materials could disadvantage your application. Full admissions committee review will begin on January 12.  

Only students who expect to obtain the Ph.D. degree are typically admitted to the program. Students are normally admitted to the program only in the fall semester.  Applicants must apply to both the Graduate School of the University and the School of Sociology.  Students should plan to take the GRE test as early in the year as possible.

Admissions Requirements

A limited number of students are admitted on a competitive basis each year. Admissions and financial aid decisions are made based on the following criteria:

  1. Statement of purpose and motivation for doctoral study in sociology
  2. Scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general aptitude test not over three years old. GRE scores are used in conjunction with other application materials; no minimum score is required for admission. However, students with scores below the 50th percentile must offer especially strong supporting materials to be competitive.
  3. The student's overall GPA, and the student's GPA in sociology and related fields and in previous graduate work. Students must have a minimum of 3.00 to be considered. Students with averages near the bottom of the acceptable range must offer especially strong supporting materials (e.g., GREs and letters of recommendation) to be competitive.
  4. For International students, Proof of English proficiency is required for any international applicant born in a country where English is not the official language.  Scores must not be over two years old.  The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) must show a minimum score of 79 iBT (or 60 on the revised PBT with no section score lower than 15).  Individual MyBest scores must also be dated within 2 years of the enrollment term to be considered valid. Students wishing to be considered for financial aid in the form of an assistanceship must score a minimum of 24 on the speaking section of the TOEFL IBT. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) a score of 7.5 or better, with no subject below a 7. A score of 8 is the recommended level. For the CEPT Full Academic test - minimum total score of 110, offered by our Center for English as a Second Language (CESL)
  5. Recommendations from persons familiar with the applicant's academic or professional competence.

The school also follows affirmative action guidelines in its selection and funding of graduate students.

Application Procedures

There are three steps: first you must complete the general graduate college profile for applications, and then the sociology doctoral program application. Both applications are fully online. Finally, you must submit standardized test scores to the graduate college to complete your application.

NOTE: YOU CAN BEGIN THE APPLICATION PROCESS AND GENERATE REQUESTS FOR REFERENCE LETTERS BEFORE YOU SUBMIT YOUR FINAL APPLICATION. All you need to do to request letters is to complete the graduate college profile, initiate the sociology application process, and enter contact information for your letter writers. Your application will not be reviewed until you have completed and submitted the entire application, paid the application fee, and test scores and letters have been received.


  • Access the online admissions system for the Office of Admissions with the Graduate College at:
    General help with this system is here.
  • Create a GradApp account
  • Complete your GradApp profile (sidebar categories under "My Account": personal information; former names; educational history; ethnicity)
  • Select "Apply to a Program" from the sidebar. Choose "Degree Seeking" under application type and "Sociology (PHD)" under program of study. This will direct you to the Sociology program application.
  • Choose "Fall 2020" for semester of application. Upon completing this step, you will see "Sociology (PHD)" in the sidebar under "My Active Applications."


Please read the instructions carefully and fill out all sections of the application.  The sections can be accessed from the "Application Checklist" in the right sidebar. Specific instructions are embedded within the application questions.

Supplemental questions: This is the core section of the application, where you will answer questions and upload documents, including:

  • Official or unofficial transcripts from all previous academic institutions you have attended to satisfy your Bachelors Degree (and your Master's Degree, if applicable). If you are recommended to our program and you accept, the Graduate Office of Admission will then and only then require your original transcripts.
  • A statement of purpose, 1-2 pages in length, describing your interests and goals in graduate study.
  • A curriculum vita or resume summarizing your education, experience, and accomplishments.
  • A sample of your previous writing (in English), such as a term paper or thesis.

Letters of Recommendation. A minimum of 3 and maximum of 4 letters of recommendation are required. These letters should be written by faculty or employers that can speak about your academic and research ability. You will list their contact information on the application, and they will receive an automatic email generated from the UA GradApp system.

The application fee ($85 domestic/ $95 international) must be paid before your application will be considered complete and ready for review. Applicants affiliated with certain federally-sponsored programs may apply for an application fee waiver.

Be sure to review and submit your online application. It will not be reviewed or considered complete before you have officially submitted it.

Submitting standardized test scores

  • You must submit Graduate Record Examination scores from the general aptitude test, taken within the last three years. If your scores are older than three years, you must retake the GRE to be considered. When you request that Education Testing Service (ETS) forwards your scores, list 2102 as the department code for sociology and 4832 for the school code. Your scores will then be sent electronically to the University of Arizona, where they will be automatically merged with your application.
  • If you are an international student, request that your scores be submitted by the testing organization (TOEFL or IELTS).  List 2102 as the department code for sociology and 4832 for the school code. Your scores will then be sent electronically to the University of Arizona, where they will be automatically merged with your application.

Financial Aid Available

If you wish to be considered for financial aid, please indicate this on your application (last question under supplemental questions). We offer three form of aid:

  • Half-time (20 hours per week) graduate research and teaching assistanceships, which waive nonresident tuition and (for 2015-16) provide stipends of $16,000 for students without an M.A. degree and $16,500 for students with an M.A. degree. 
  • A limited number of Graduate College Fellowships.
  • Tuition and Registration Scholarships, which waive non-resident tuition and fees.

Inquiries about Sociology Application Procedures

Raquel Fareio, Program Coordinator Sr. (
Phone: (520) 621-3492
Fax: (520) 621-9875


Vienna DeLuca, Manager, Administration (
Phone: (520) 621-3014
Fax: (520) 621-9875

Inquiries about the Sociology Doctoral Program

Joe Galaskiewicz, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies (