Admissions Info

Thank you for your interest in the graduate program in Sociology at UCSD! We are a full-time Ph.D. program and only accept students during the fall of each academic year. Unfortunately, we do not accept “MA-only” students or offer a terminal MA degree. There is no foreign language requirement and the Admissions Committee requires the GRE ( to be completed within the past 5 years. The committee examines GRE scores, but does not base decisions on the scores alone. We will examine application packages in their entirety. Furthermore, international students are required to take the TOEFL test ( unless they have a degree or are completing a degree from a university offering primary instruction in English. Please refer to the basic information provided below to answer any questions that you may have about the program. Should you find that you have additional questions about the program, please email your specific inquiries to the Graduate Program Coordinator.

Please Note: Due to the volume of requests being made about the program during the Fall quarter (September-December), please allow for at least 1-2 business days for a reply. Thanks for your patience!


The admissions committee reviews the applications and makes recommendations for admission or denial to the graduate dean. Admission decisions are based on the quality of the applicant's academic degrees and record, the statement of purpose, letters of recommendation from professors or others familiar with the applicant's academic work, performance in aptitude and achievement tests as appropriate, relevant work experience, preparation in the proposed field of study, the fit between the applicant's goals and the program, and between the applicant's research interests and those of the program's faculty. See "How to Apply" for the application deadline.

Frequently Asked Admissions Questions


U.S. Applicants - Applicants for graduate admission must present official evidence of receipt of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education or the equivalent, with training comparable in standard and content to that provided by the University of California. This must be provided by the beginning of the first academic year of study at UCSD. A minimum scholastic average of B (or its equivalent, if the letter grade system is not used) is required for course work completed in the final two years of undergraduate study and any post baccalaureate study.

International Applicants - An international student whose postsecondary education is completed outside the U.S. must hold the equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate degree, with above average scholarship, granted by a non-U.S. university or university-level institution.


The application fee is $90.00 for US applicants and $110.00 for international applicants.

REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS (for more info, see How to Apply)
1. GRE General Test; GRE Subject Test not required
2. Three letters of recommendation
3. Transcripts from all College/University work
4. A writing sample; academic or scholarly piece of work. Maximum 30 pages.
5. A Statement of Purpose (2500 word limit; online only) - Be certain to address your interest in the field, future goals, research interests, etc. in this statement. For tips, go to Graduate Division Statement Guidelines. It is extremely important that all supporting documents are received by the application deadline. Please schedule your GRE exam early so that scores may be received by this date. Additionally, requests for transcripts and letters of recommendation should be made in a timely manner to ensure arrival to the Sociology Department before the deadline.


We do our best to offer competitive funding or support to students we admit, with the most competitive funding in the form of fellowships, awards, or employment, going to applicants who are best matched to our program. Unfortunately, we are unable to match a support package to every single admission offered. Without a guarantee, we strongly encourage applicants to consider additional resources and supplemental forms of Financial Aid.


There are no minimum or established baseline GRE scores for applying to Sociology

For official reporting GRE:

Institution code: 4836

Department code (Sociology): 2102

For official reporting TOEFL:

Institution Code: 4836

Department code (Sociology):96


How to Apply

Applications must be submitted by January 7, 2016.