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Sociology

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Patti Giuffre
pg07@txstate.edu
512.245.8983
UAC, Room 449A

Advisor Support
Lindy Knowles
mk34@txstate.edu
512.245.9010
UAC, Room 449B

Sociology offers a wide range of career possibilities since concerns over issues like the environment, urban development, health, aging and a competitive global economy have increased the demand for social scientists and trained evaluators. The Department of Sociology provides curriculum and training to prepare students to meet this need.

Degree Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
M.A. 37 Thesis Minor required

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall - Priority March 1 March 1
Fall - Standard July 15 June 1
Spring October 15 October 1
Summer I April 15 March 15
Summer II June 1 No Admission

Application Deadline
This program has a flexible deadline.

Funding Information
Applications must be complete by the priority deadline to be considered for funding.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a rolling basis.

Application Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. International applicants, please visit our international web pages for additional requirements.

ApplyTexas Application

  • completed online ApplyTexas application

  Review the instructions for submitting your ApplyTexas application.


Application Fee(s)

  • $40 nonrefundable application fee
  • $50 nonrefundable international evaluation fee (if applicable)

  Review the instructions for submitting your application fee(s).


Transcripts & GPA

  • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 3.0 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)
  • background course work in sociological theory, statistics, SPSS, and social research.  Read additional information below.

  Review the instructions for submitting your official transcripts. Official transcripts will be required if admission is granted. 


GRE Scores

  • GRE scores not required

Documents

  • statement of purpose (two pages, double-spaced with your full name and contact information) describing your personal and career goals. Include your academic interests and the relationship of this graduate degree to your life/personal goals. Also, discuss why you are interested in this particular graduate program and explain your career goals after earning the degree.The Graduate Admissions Committee will evaluate the following:
    • Did you demonstrate a familiarity with the field?
    • Did you indicate your strengths (background, experience, training, and education)?
    • Did you express why the program will hone your skills?
    • Did your statement show excellence or promise in writing skills? 
  • three letters of recommendation from individuals knowledgeable about your academic ability and promise as a scholar

  Review the instructions for using the Graduate Admissions Document Upload tool (GADU) to submit your documents. You will have access to GADU after you submit your ApplyTexas application and activate your Texas State NetID.


TOEFL or IELTS Scores

Applicants are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

If you do not meet the scores above, you may qualify for English-based conditional admission if you meet the minimum scores below:

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 59 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 5.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 5.5

  Review the instructions for submitting your official test scores.


Additional Information

  Transcripts & GPA
You will be required to take background leveling courses if you lack prerequisite background and/or content area knowledge.