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General Admissions Information

Deadlines: December 1 (International)
January 15 (Domestic)

For domestic applicants, all application materials must be received by the department no later than January 15. If your application file is not completed by January 15 we cannot guarantee that it will be reviewed. For international applicants, all application materials must be received by the Office of International Services/International Admissions by December 1. If your application file is not complete by December 1, you may still be considered for admission to the graduate program, but your chances for financial aid are greatly diminished.

Application Materials

For specific information on any of the items below please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Your application file should consist of the following:

Application form
(must be completed Online)

Application fee
($55 domestic, $65 international), must be paid via credit card when on-line application is submitted

Personal State/Statement of Intent -
When reviewing applications in our department, we would more specifically like to know why you are interested in pursuing graduate study in sociology, the kinds of sociological topics and approaches that interest you, what your career goals are, and why you are interested in our department. We consider 300-500 words an appropriate length for the Statement of Purpose. We do not count words but we discourage applicants from submitting statements much shorter or much longer than this.

Three Letters of Recommendation – You will be asked for the emails of 3 recommenders when completing your application. Your recommenders will receive an electronic notification that the request has been made as well instructions on how to submit their recommendation.

Writing Sample

Official Transcripts – We must receive one official transcript from EACH college or university attended, whether or not a degree was earned. Transcripts must be official and must be received directly from the Office of the Registrar.

Original GRE Scores- no more than 5 years old. For electronic scores the codes are “1324” for Indiana University and “2102” for the Department of Sociology.

TOEFL Score – If your native language is not English you must submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The test service (ETS) should report the TOEFL score directly to Indiana University Bloomington. The Indiana University TOEFL code is “1324”.

For domestic applicants all application materials sent by mail should be direct to the Sociology Department at:

Samantha Allen
Graduate Secretary
Department of Sociology
Ballantine Hall 747
1020 E. Kirkwood Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47405

For international applicants materials sent by mail should be directed to the Office of International Admissions at:

International Admissions
Poplars 221 400 E. Seventh Street
Bloomington, IN 47405

Should you need additional information about the application process, please e-mail the Graduate Secretary, Samantha Allen (, or telephone her at 812-855-2924. For more information about the graduate program, contact Professor Ethan Michelson (, Director of Graduate Studies, or telephone him at 812-856-1521.

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