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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, but funding is only rarely available for late applicants. All students normally start the program in the Fall semester (late August). Spring semester starts may be possible in special cases.


Applicants for the MS program preferably have a bachelor’s degree in sociology or another social science. If students who have a different major can still be considered if they have some exposure to the discipline and have taken core courses in social science methods, theory, and statistics.

Applicants for the PhD program fall into two categories. Those who do not yet have a master’s degree can apply directly to the PhD program if they have a strong background (generally an undergraduate major) in sociology. Applicants who do not have a strong sociology background should apply for the MS program instead. Applicants to the PhD program who already have (or will soon complete) a master’s degree will ideally have their master’s degree in sociology or a related social science, but we do consider those with degrees in other areas who can demonstrate a strong commitment to studying sociology. PhD students who do not have a sociology background may be required to take additional master’s level coursework in sociology.


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 website for a detailed list of application requirements.

In addition to submitting your application to the School of Graduate Studies, we ask that you keep the following in mind:

2. Letter of Intent - The on-line application form gives you space to write about your reasons for applying to graduate school. This letter of intent is a key piece of your application. It 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, who will then be contacted and asked to provide letters. This is the preferred method, but if your recommenders cannot provide letters in this way for any reason, you can ask them to send letters directly (electronically or hard copy) to the Director of Graduate Studies (Dr. Erin Hofmann;; 0730 Old Main Hill, Utah State University, Logan, UT, 84322-0730).

4. Writing sample. The online application will also ask for a writing sample. Choose a piece of writing that best represents your skills in the field of social science. There are no requirements as to length. If you are a co-author of the sample, you must also submit an addendum explaining your role in creating the piece of writing.

5. GRE test scores. For the December 20, 2020 deadline, the sociology program has waived the GRE score requirement for all applicants.


International students have additional admissions requirements. These requirements are set by the University and have not been waived.

Program Requirements