Admissions

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. A limited number of assistantships are available for qualified applicants who will be enrolled in courses on the VCU campus. Note on the admissions requirements and deadlines bulletin page that the deadline for prospective assistantship applicants is 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.

Students who have submitted admissions applications should contact Graduate Admissions to check the status of their applications:

Office of Admissions
Phone: (804) 828-6916
Fax: (804) 828-1829
Email: vcu-grad@vcu.edu

To learn more about VCU graduate admissions and enrollment at VCU, see the material for the M.S. in Sociology in the Graduate Bulletin.

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