Students desiring admission to one of the Sociology graduate programs must apply to the VCU Graduate School.
The Sociology Department requires candidates for admission to the M.S. program to submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test scores that are fewer than five years old. Candidates for admission to the Certificate in Applied Social Research program are not required to submit GRE scores. Candidates must have earned an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university, preferably in Sociology or a related field. The VCU Graduate School requires that all admitted students have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0. Additional factors, such as performance in the last 60 hours of coursework, will be considered in the admissions assessment. Candidates for admission must submit a personal statement describing their reasons for wanting to pursue graduate education in Sociology at VCU and three letters of recommendation from instructors or professional references.
See the Graduate Admissions Website for details about application procedures. Admissions requirements and deadlines for the M.S. program may be found here. Please note that the application deadline for students seeking funding is April 1.
Students who have submitted admissions applications should contact Graduate Admissions to check the status of their applications:
To learn more about VCU graduate admissions and enrollment at VCU, see the material for the M.S. in Sociology in the Graduate Bulletin.
Graduate Funding and Support
Many graduate students are eligible for some amount of financial aid which is available in various forms, including loans, grants, scholarships, and work‐study funding. Contact the VCU Financial Aid Office for information.
In addition, the Sociology Department awards several graduate assistantships on a competitive basis to full-time, on-campus students. Online students are not eligible for departmental assistantships at this time. The exact amount and conditions of the assistantships may vary from semester to semester. Graduate students who are fully funded by graduate assistantships must register for nine credit hours a semester.
Note on the admissions requirements and deadlines bulletin page that the deadline for prospective assistantship applicants is April 1, earlier than the general deadline for applications. These deadlines are designed to allow sufficient time for application review and admissions processing. Applications may be submitted after the last date shown in the bulletin; however, we cannot guarantee sufficient time for processing materials.