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.

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.

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. We also accept certified electronic copies of transcripts sent directly from your alma mater’s registrar to socgrad@indiana.edu.

These cannot be more than five years old. For electronic scores the codes are “1324” for Indiana University and “2102” for the Department of Sociology.

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:

Saundra Daggy
Graduate Administrative Assistant
Department of Sociology
Ballantine Hall 747
1020 E. Kirkwood Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47405

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

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

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, you may still be considered for admission to the graduate program, but your chances for financial aid are greatly diminished.

Have additional questions?

Please do not hesitate to contact:

Saundra Daggy
socgrad@indiana.edu
812-855-2924
Graduate Administrative Assistant

Professor Jennifer Lee
socdgs@indiana.edu
812-856-2522
Director of Graduate Studies