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Graduate Program: Application Procedures

The graduate program is designed to prepare scholars for teaching and research in the discipline of sociology. As such, it is organized primarily for students seeking the Ph.D. degree.

Admission to graduate status in the Department of Sociology is based upon four criteria:
(1) the applicant's prior academic performance, especially in Sociology; (2) the student's performance on the Graduate Record Examination; (3) letters of reference from persons familiar with the applicant's potential for achieving academic excellence; and (4) the extent to which the student's areas of expressed interest coincide with departmental emphases. In addition, students are encouraged to submit a copy of one professional or term paper with their application; written work, if submitted, will be considered in admission decisions.

Normally, students are admitted for the fall quarter of each academic year. Although students may petition to be admitted to the program during the academic year, mid-year admissions are not recommended because the sequence of core courses is designed to begin with the fall quarter. The deadline for full consideration for admission and fellowships/financial aid is January 5. Applicants may submit their materials as late as March 15, but only those applications received by January 5 are guaranteed full consideration for admission and for fellowships and financial aid.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to consult with the Graduate Division's website regarding admissions procedures. Please see http://graduate.ucr.edu/grad_admissions.html. Foreign students should also carefully review information available at http://graduate.ucr.edu/international.html.

Students who lack adequate undergraduate preparation in sociology will be required to make up such deficiencies before work can be credited toward the graduate program. A detailed statement of degree requirements and procedures for the graduate degrees is available at the departmental office. General University requirements of the Graduate Division can be found in the Graduate Studies section of the UCR catalog.

Program Summary

Program Name: Sociology
Contact Address: Sociology Department
1206 Watkins Hall
University of California, Riverside
Riverside, CA 92521
Contact Phone & E-Mail Graduate Adviser
Professor Adalberto Aguirre
Fax: (951) 827-3330
E-mail: adalberto.aguirre@ucr.edu

Graduate Affairs Assistant
Ms. Anna Wire
Fax: (951) 827-3330
E-mail: socgrad@ucr.edu
Leading to the degree of Ph.D.
  1. Criminology and Socio-Legal Studies
  2. Evolutionary Sociology
  3. Gender Studies
  4. Organizations and Institutions
  5. Political Economy and Global Social Change
  6. Race and Class Inequality
  7. Social Psychology
  8. Sociological Theory
Admission Limited to Fall. Winter and Spring are not recommended because the sequence of core courses is designed to begin with the fall quarter.
Deadline to apply Applications for admission for fall quarter must be submitted by January 5 for full consideration for fellowships and financial aid. Applications may be submitted until March 15, but those submitted after the January 5 deadline may not receive full consideration for admission or consideration for fellowships and financial aid. Please contact the Graduate Affairs Assistant regarding deadlines for readmission for returning students seeking readmission for winter or spring.
GRE (General and/or Subject), TSE, TWE, TOEF All students must submit scores from the GRE. All applicants whose first language is not English and who have not earned an advanced degree at an institution where English is the exclusive language of instruction must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). UCR will also accept scores from the Academic Modules of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
Letters of Recommendation 3
Other Requirements Students are required to submit a copy of one professional or term paper with their application.