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Undergraduate Program Admissions

The undergraduate sociology program has admissions requirements in addition to those of the university. Please check to make sure you meet the criteria.

Freshmen: New freshmen admitted to Utah State in good standing qualify for admission to this major.

Transfer students: Transfer students and students transferring from other USU majors need at least a 2.5 GPA for admission to this major, must be in good standing, and must have received at least a C in sociology 1010 or the equivalent.

 Your next step is to make an appointment with our advisor, Reid Youmans to fill out a change of major form. Find an available time to meet with him. 


Major Requirements

Masters and Doctoral Program Admissions


To be considered for funding, applicants must submit the application and all supporting material by December 20. Late applications will be considered until April 1. Students must pass a written comprehensive exam in their program's third year. The exam will be based on their particular specialization.


Applicants for the MS program preferably have a bachelor’s degree in sociology or an equivalent social science. If students have a different major, but have taken core sociology classes in methods, theory, and statistics, and have adequate exposure to the discipline, they may still be considered.

Applicants for the PhD must have completed an MS in sociology or related discipline, with master’s-level sociology core courses and a research-based master’s thesis.


1. To apply for a graduate degree in Sociology at USU, you must apply through the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants are responsible to make sure that all application materials are sent and received prior to the deadline. When all application material is submitted, your application will be forwarded to the sociology department for a review.Visit the School of Graduate Studies websitefor a detailed list of application requirements.

In addition to submitting your application to the School of Graduate Studies, we as the Sociology Department require additional information/steps to complete your application:

2. Letter of Intent - The on-line application form gives you space to write about your reasons for applying to graduate school. We encourage you to complete this section of the application, but ALSO to send a formal letter of intent (in hard copy or by email attachment) directly to the Director of Graduate Studies in Sociology (Eddy Berry, 0730 Old Main Hill, USU, Logan UT 84322-0730; This letter of intent should indicate which degree you are applying for, your reasons for pursuing graduate school training, why you think USU is a good fit for your interests and goals, and any other relevant information about your skills, interests, and background that might help us make a decision on your application.

3. Letters of Reference - The online application form will ask you for the names and email address of three recommenders. We encourage applicants to have their referees send hard copies of letters directly to the Director of Graduate studies if possible (see contact information above).

4. GRE test scores (all applicants) - Most applicants must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), and all applicants must score either at or above the 40th percentile. In addition, the analytical section of the test is required by the Sociology Department. The department will accept the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) in place of the GRE test for Master's of Social Science (MSS) Degree Applications only.


International students have additional admissions requirements.

Program Requirements