Admissions Requirements

Admission to graduate study in sociology usually requires an undergraduate grade-point average of at least 3.25 and a minimum score of 300 or better and, preferably, a 4.0 or better writing score on the aptitude test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test (quantitative plus verbal GRE scores). (The University of Iowa's institutional code for the GRE is 6681) International students whose native language is not English should submit scores from the TOEFL exam (The University of Iowa's institutional code for the TOEFL exam is 6681). For information on the University of Iowa's English proficiency requirements, click here.

In addition to fulfilling the Graduate College requirements for admission, applicants must complete a departmental application statement and use its personal reference forms in obtaining three letters of recommendation. We place a strong priority on those students seeking doctoral level research training.

Admission decisions are based on consideration of the following:

  • prior academic performance,
  • personal reference letters,
  • scores on the GRE General Test, and
  • the applicant's statement of reasons for pursuing advanced work in sociology.

The department has no specific undergraduate course requirements for admission, but a background in the social sciences with some statistical training is useful. A foreign language is not required for admission and there are no foreign language requirements for either the M.A. or Ph.D. in sociology.