The Sociology graduate program seeks students who are willing to make the commitment to earning a Ph.D. Most students enter with a B.A. and obtain the M.A. in Sociology in the first two years of the program, then proceed to the Ph.D. Students who are admitted with the M.A. in Sociology from another institution will typically finish the Ph.D. program in shorter time.

All applications for graduate study in Sociology should be submitted online through The Graduate School at University of Connecticut’s application portal.

Completed applications for admission must be received by January 5.

The following materials are required to complete the application package:

  1. Official test scores from the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).  The code for University of Connecticut (Storrs) is 3915.
  2. A 2-3 page personal statement that indicates your reasons for pursuing graduate study in sociology, your areas of intended concentration in sociology, your academic and life experiences that motivate you to study sociology, and your ultimate career goals once you obtain your PhD. You should also provide information about your preparation to do graduate work in sociology, strengths and weaknesses as a student, teaching or research experience, and any academic honors, scholarships, or fellowships you have received. If you have any research projects which you have presented at professional conferences or published, please list them.
  3. Three letters of recommendation from faculty or other persons who know you well.  There is no form for letters of recommendation, but they should appear on letterhead with complete contact information for the person writing the letter.
  4. A writing sample. This can be a course paper or any other substantial written document that conveys your writing ability and sociological ability.
  5. Curriculum Vitae
  6. Transcripts (official transcripts are required if admitted)
  7. Additional application requirements for international students and information on English proficiency can be found at the Graduate School website.

All applicants are also strongly encouraged to nominate themselves for additional funding opportunities offered through the Graduate School. After submitting your application to The Graduate School, you will be able to submit the form to request consideration for the Fellowship from your Application Management Page:

Any inquiries about the status of your application should be directed to the Graduate School by email at or by phone at (860) 486-3617. Questions about the Sociology program should be directed to the Director of Graduate Studies in Sociology.