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Application and Admissions

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree

The PhD degree is the most advanced degree offered in sociology graduate programs. Students earning the PhD typically go on to careers in teaching and research in academic settings and research and related professional positions in government agencies and private and non-profit organizations.

How to Apply

All applicants will apply online at www.applytexas.org. The name on your application must match your name as it appears in your passport. Upon completing your application, you will receive an email with instructions on how to complete the application process. Below is a checklist of all the materials you will need to complete your application. The application deadline for full consideration for funding is January 5th.

Application Checklist

  1. Application Fee
  2. Online Application
  3. Official GRE Scores
  4. Official Transcripts
  5. Statement of Purpose
  6. Three (3) Letters of Reommendation
  7. Curriculum Vitae (C.V.)/Resume
  8. Writing Sample
  9. Official TOEFL Scores (international students only)

Application Fee

The fee for application is $65. The application fee may be paid by check, money order or approved credit card. Applicants who wish to pay by credit card may do so as part of the online application. If you are unable to pay the fee online, you may call the Fee Office.

  • If paying by credit card: be advised that your credit card will be charged a small non-refundable transaction fee.
  • Checks or money orders (U.S. dollars) should be made payable to Texas A&M University. Checks or money orders are accepted provided they display an agency bank in the United States and have magnetic ink character recognition (MICR) routing numbers at the bottom.
  • The $65 fee required of U.S. citizens or permanent residents may be waived only in exceptional cases for low-income applicants and McNair Scholars. To receive the waiver, low-income applicants must submit a letter from their financial aid advisor or other officer qualified to verify financial need.

Online Application

We require a completed Apply Texas application. Apply online at www.applytexas.org. The name on your application must match your name as it appears in your passport or other official government documentation.

Official GRE Scores

Official GRE Scores should be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to Texas A&M University and be from a test date within five years of the date the application form reached the Office of Admissions. Use code 6003 for reporting GRE scores (Department code not needed).

Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) website

We strongly advise you to take the GRE no later than September, so that your scores will be received by the application deadline.

Official Transcripts

To ensure that your official transcripts and other supporting documents are processed in a timely and efficient manner, please include the appropriate Document ID Sheet with all documents you submit in support of your application. Click here to download the Document ID sheets. If you wish to submit your application fee by check or money order please use the alternate payment form.

  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended. NOTE: You do not need to submit an official transcript from Texas A&M University.

Texas A&M will accept transcripts sent electronically through SPEEDE or eSCRIP-SAFE. Transcripts from any other vendor will not be accepted. Many universities can use the electronic format. Electronic transcripts can be processed much faster than paper transcripts.

If the institution cannot use this format and you have attended an American or Canadian college or university, one official transcript is required. Please ask each registrar to enclose one copy of your transcript in a sealed, signed envelope. Please mail this envelope, with the seal unbroken and the registrar’s signature intact, to the Office of Admissions at the address below. If the registrar will not release your transcripts to you in a sealed envelope, transcripts may be sent by the registrar directly to:

Graduate Admissions Processing
Office of Admissions
Texas A&M University
P.O. Box 40001
College Station, TX 77842-4001
Test Scores

Statement of Purpose or Essay

The statement of purpose (also known as a “personal statement”) should describe your reasons for applying to the Doctoral Program in Sociology at Texas A&M University. This document is not to exceed two pages in length (single-spaced, Times New Roman, 12 pt. font, 1-inch margins). You should include details regarding your qualifications, academic and research interests, future career plans, and other aspects of your background and interests which may aid our admissions committee in evaluating your aptitude and motivation for pursuing a Ph.D. in Sociology. If you have particular experiences or skills relevant to the study of Sociology, please be sure to include these in your statement

In addition to your 2 page personal statement, you may also extend the statement by not more than one page (single-spaced, Times New Roman, 12 pt. font, 1-inch margins) to describe your potential contributions to diversity at Texas A&M University or in the profession of sociology. This should include discussion of any economic or social barriers you may have faced in your life, and particularly in your pursuit of education; for example, you may be a first generation college student or the first in your family to pursue higher education, you may have come from a low income background (perhaps you had to work more than the average amount while in college), or you may be a member of an under-represented minority group (you may want to specify if you attended a high school which was racially segregated or perhaps you have dealt with specific instances of racial/ethnic discrimination or other related challenges in your pursuit of education).

You will be asked to upload your statement of purpose in the ApplyTexas online application.

Letters of Recommendation

Graduate applicants should provide (3) three recommendations from individuals who are familiar with your academic achievement and potential. If you have been out of school for a number of years and are unable to contact former professors, you may submit non-academic references (e.g., employers). Please be aware that TAMU does not automatically contact the references you may have listed on your ApplyTexas application.

Please Mail to

Texas A&M University
Department of Sociology – Graduate Advisor
311 Academic Building
College Station, TX 77843 – 4351

Resume or Curriculum Vitae

Graduate applicants are required to submit a either a Resume or Curriculum Vitae to their departments.

Writing Sample

The Department of Sociology requires a writing sample from all applicants to the Ph.D. Program. The Admissions Committee will be looking for original work giving evidence of both writing ability and the capacity for research, analysis, and original thought at the graduate level.

Your writing sample could be an Honors or Master’s Thesis, published paper, co-written paper, or comparable article.
Papers must be submitted in English.
Samples may be up to 25 pages long. Other things equal, a short, effectively written sample is preferable to a longer sample. If you decide to submit a longer sample, please indicate which pages should be reviewed by the admissions committee.

Test of English as a Foreign Language

Adequate command of spoken and written English is required for admission. TOEFL scores are required of all applicants whose first language is not English. For information on registration, test centers, dates and test formats, go to http://toefl.org. Use code 6003 for reporting.

Contact Information

For additional information about the graduate program, please send email inquiry to sociology@tamu.edu or to the Director of Graduate Admissions.