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Sociology
(Ph.D.)

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Admissions are for fall semester only. Applications must be received by February 1 to be considered for a graduate assistantship. All other applications considered until June 30.

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A resume or curriculum vitae (CV) is required; please submit within the online application system.

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This program requires the General GRE.

Note: International applicants may have to provide evidence of English language proficiency. More information can be found within the online application.

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This program requires three recommendations. Please send email requests for such recommendations from within the online system.

An image of a brown pencil on a gold background with a purple border.     Written statement

Please prepare a statement which covers the following information, and attach it within the online application:

Summarize your experiences in academic, professional, research, creative, or scholarly activities, and indicate how these experiences make you an ideal candidate for graduate study in your selected program. Also address how these activities align with the strengths of your chosen program and faculty, and with your professional goals, including future job positions. This statement (double-spaced and between 500 – 1500 words) should demonstrate your communication skills and writing competence.

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Submit an original piece of academic writing within the online system.

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This program does not require any other program materials to be submitted.

An image of a brown I in a brown circle on a gold background with a green border.     Additional information

For admission consideration to the doctoral program in sociology, you must satisfy these requirements:

- Grade point average of 3.0 or better in undergraduate sociology courses.

- Grade point average of 3.25 or better in all graduate courses.

- Master's degree in sociology or a closely related field. Applicants with degrees in fields other than sociology may be required to make up deficiencies as a condition of matriculation.

No single requirement is sufficient to guarantee an offer of admission or to dictate a denial of admission. The information you submit is carefully evaluated by the Central Graduate Committee to ascertain whether you are likely to succeed in graduate studies in sociology and if you have the intellectual interests which can be cultivated by the department's areas of strength.

If you have any questions, please review the website below for program and contact information.

Department of Sociology — College of Arts and Sciences

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An official transcript from the institution from which you received your bachelor degree is required, as well as a transcript from institution(s) where any graduate level courses or degrees have been taken/completed. Applicants are not required to submit an official transcript of courses taken/completed at WMU.

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