How to apply


Please send to the Graduate School the following materials:

  1. Completed online application (with box marked if requesting financial assistance from the dept)
  2. $40 fee*
  3. GRE General Test scores
  4. Graduate School requires official transcripts (if not in English, translated transcripts also must be provided).

* International applicants: Your fee is $70 and you must also submit your TOEFL scores to the Graduate School if the primary language of your country is not English.

Please send the following directly to the department of sociology (

  1. Three letters of recommendation
  2. Writing sample
  3. Statement of Purpose (info)

Application Deadline

  • January 15 for Fall enrollment (if wanting to be considered for a graduate assistantship)
  • March 1 for Fall enrollment (if not seeking a graduate assistantship)

The Department of Sociology only admits for the Fall semester.

If possible, applications should be submitted online. Any supporting materials should either be uploaded electronically or be sent directly to the appropriate address below:

Graduate School
The University of Akron 
Leigh Hall 515
Akron, OH 44325-2101
Department of Sociology
The University of Akron
Olin Hall 247
Akron, OH 44325-1905

If you are unable to apply electronically, please send an e-mail request, which includes your name and current mailing address, to our Administrative Assistant at the department address above or the following email

Submit an example of previously written work related to your sociological interests. This may be a course paper, research report, or other document. For those wishing to enter the Ph.D. program, please submit a copy of your thesis proposal or thesis.
We pay careful attention to the example of your writing you submit. We look for organization, use of evidence, logic of argument, and quality of analysis, to say nothing of English usage and paragraph structure. We rely on you to select a writing sample that shows you at your best. Your writing sample should be uploaded and submitted online rather than sent as a paper copy.

The Graduate School guidelines included in the online application process describe the two-page statement as providing the admissions committee with useful information not included in your application or academic records. It asks you to include information about your academic preparation and goals, indicating how graduate work fits into these goals, and the reasons for selecting this field of study.

More specifically, we would like you to include information about the kinds of sociological topics and approaches that interest you, why you want to be a sociologist, and why you are interested in our department.  Other helpful information might be whether there are particular faculty or program areas of special interest to you, whether you see your research interests as well-defined or fairly open-ended at this point, and based on your knowledge and thinking now, what research problem(s) you would hope to pursue during your time in our program.

Your statement of purpose should also be uploaded and submitted online rather than sent as a paper copy.

Once the application materials are complete, the packet is sent to the department for evaluation. The graduate admissions commit­tee reviews the applicants, makes a decision and the packet is returned to the graduate school.  You will receive notification from the graduate school about the decision.  The progress of your application can be monitored online.  You will also receive a letter from the department’s Director of Graduate Studies.  If you have been selected to receive an assistantship, the letter from the department will include an assistantship contract and other employment forms.  If not initially chosen for financial assistance, you will be placed on a waiting list.