How to Apply

Plan in advance to assemble your application

Applying to graduate school is a process that requires you to gather materials—letters of recommendation, test scores, and transcripts from each college or university you attended. You also submit a statement of purpose describing your present career goals and why you are interested in Sociology at Indiana University. We ask that you submit an additional writing sample that showcases both your ability and your promise as a researcher in the field. Prepare in advance to satisfy all aspects of the application process and be sure to meet the deadline. Feel free to contact us if you have additional questions about our program.

International application deadline: December 1

As defined by the Office of International Services, we consider an applicant to be international applicant if he/she “does not currently hold citizenship or permanent residency in the United States.” 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, we cannot guarantee that it will be reviewed.

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 personal statement. We do not count words, but we discourage applicants from submitting statements much shorter or much longer than this.

You will be asked for the emails of three 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.

We encourage applicants to submit writing samples that showcase their ability and further potential to conduct original analysis of either qualitative or quantitative primary data.

This should list your academic degrees, academic accomplishments, awards, scholarships, fellowships, and research experience.

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 (or their agent).  These can be mailed to:

Saundra Daggy                                                                        
Department of Sociology
Indiana University
1020 East Kirkwood Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47405

We also accept official electronic transcripts sent directly from the registrar to

International applicants should direct materials sent by mail to the Office of International Admissions:

International Admissions
Indiana University
Eigenmann Hall, Room 525
1900 East Tenth
Bloomington, IN 47406

Official GRE scores are optional but recommended.  Scores may not be more than five years old. For electronic scores, the codes are “1324” for Indiana University and “2102” for the Department of Sociology


Please do not upload scores to online application. 

If your native language is not English and you do not hold a degree from an institution at which English is the language of instruction, 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”.

An IELTS score will be accepted although the TOEFL is preferred


Have additional questions?

For further administrative questions about how to apply, such as required documents and deadlines, please contact:

Saundra Daggy
Graduate Administrative Assistant

For substantive questions about our program, such as whether our program is the best fit for you, please contact: 

Professor Keera Allendorf
Director of Graduate Studies

For technical problems with the online application system, please contact:
Indiana University CAS Customer Service
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