Application Information

Although many of our graduate students come to us with a background in sociology, the department encourages students with academic backgrounds other than sociology to apply to the program as well. The Graduate Program Committee (GPC) reserves the right to require, upon admission, additional coursework that it deems necessary to make up any deficiencies in sociology.

Completed applications for admission and for financial aid should be received by January 15th for admission to graduate study for the following Autumn Semester, although the department will consider applications after that date if space is available. Applications requesting financial aid must be complete by the January 15 deadline. The application fee for graduate study at the University of Cincinnati is currently $65.00. Complete an on-line application here.

Application Materials

To be considered for admission, all applicants must submit the first five items; international applicants must submit all six.


Students must submit transcripts from all undergraduate work and, if applicable, from graduate programs. The university requires a minimum GPA of 3.0, but this can be waived if the Department and Graduate School agree.

Resume or Curriculum Vitae

Students must submit a current resume or CV.

Statement of purpose

In this document students should explain why they have decided to pursue graduate education in sociology and also address how their interests fit with those of department faculty.

Writing sample

Applicants should provide a sample of their best academic writing, such as a master’s or undergraduate thesis or a course paper.

Letters of recommendation

Applicants should submit three letters from individuals familiar with their ability to carry out graduate-level academic work.

Evidence of English competence

The University of Cincinnati requires evidence of competence in the English language for students who (1) are applying from countries where English is not a national language, and (2) do not have a post-secondary degree from an English-speaking college or university.

The University requires scores made on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or similar test. The minimum TOEFL scores required on the paper test is 600, on the computerized test 250, and on the internet based test 100.


Still have questions? You can check out our Admissions FAQ.