How to Apply

The requirements for acceptance as a graduate student in sociology is a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. To be accepted in full standing, a minimum of 18 credits of undergraduate work in sociology is required. The student must also meet the following requirements:

  • Credit in a theory course in sociology and a course in statistics
  • A grade-point average of 3.0 or higher for four years of undergraduate work
  • Transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions
  • GRE scores
  • Three letters of recommendation from former instructors indicating the student's capability of doing graduate work
  • Sample of research or writing
  • A statement of purpose

International applicants must also satisfy the medical examination and financial responsibility requirements and submit scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and must apply through the Office of International Students.

In some instances in which a student is deficient in the above requirements, the student may correct such deficiencies before entering the degree program. The department advises students with deficiencies whether they are likely to be considered as graduate students in full standing after such deficiencies have been corrected.

Application process

Candidates to the graduate program in sociology need to submit application materials to the Graduate School and to the Department of Sociology. Please review the specifics below.

Graduate School application materials

  • University of Nevada, Reno graduate application form
  • $60.00 application fee ($95 for international students)
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions
  • Official GRE scores from Educational Testing Service
  • Immunization documents

Department of Sociology application materials

  • Departmental application form
  • Copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  • Copies of GRE scores
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A statement of purpose (included with departmental application form)
  • Sample of research or writing (e.g., a term paper)

Financial assistance

A variety of graduate assistantships, fellowships and traineeships are available to qualified students. Stipends begin at $14,000 including partial exemption of tuition and registration fees. A number of tuition waivers and other small grants are also available. If the student is applying for financial assistance, the application should be completed prior to February 1. Normally the candidate receives notification by April 1 and has until April 15 to accept or decline the offer. In some instances, financial awards become available after this date and late applications are considered.