Graduate Admissions

Students wishing to apply for admission to any graduate degree program in the Sociology Department should begin by consulting the guidelines available from the Boston University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

The graduate program only admits students in the fall. The application deadline is January 15th.  All applications must be submitted directly  to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Applications must include:

  • Graduate School Application Form;
  • Transcripts from each college or university attended;
  • A Personal Statement, clarifying your interests and experience;
  • Writing Sample; and
  • Three Letters of Recommendation from people who know your academic work.

**Please Note: Ordinarily, official scores from the GRE General Test are required. However, we are aware that the on-going outbreak of the COVID-19 disease has created uncertainty in availability of standardized testing to prospective applicants during the 2020/2021 application cycle.  Therefore, in this admissions cycle, submission of official GRE General Test scores is not mandatory. However, if applicants are able to take the GRE General Test, applicants can submit the scores.

We are committed to building a strong multicultural environment for teaching and learning and strongly encourage women and minorities to apply.  Applications from international students are welcome.  The Graduate School requires demonstration of a high level of competence in the English language as well as international student documentation references before admission can be granted.  Questions concerning the application procedures for international students can often be answered by visiting the Graduate School FAQs on international admissions.


Frequently Asked Questions

For additional information, please see the Graduate Admissions FAQ’s.