How To Apply

Provide the required application materials as indicated by December 15.

  1. Official transcripts will be requested from the Graduate School. You will receive an email from the Graduate School with instructions on how to send your transcripts. Please do not send official transcripts to the Department of Sociology or the Graduate School until requested.
  2. Three letters of recommendation, submitted through the Graduate School elecronic application form. See the Graduate School web link for instructions. We prefer recommendations from academic sources. If you find it necessary to send paper letters, use the same address as for transcripts (see above). More than three letters may be submitted, if needed.
  3. We have suspended the GRE requirement for the current (Fall 2021 entry) admission cycle. Applicants may choose to share their GRE scores with the admissions committee, but applications submitted without GRE scores will be given equal consideration. If an applicant wishes to submit their GRE test scores, they should indicate that test scores be sent to UW-Madison, school code ETS #1846. To find out whether your scores have arrived, check your Graduate School electronic application; go to the Test Scores section at the bottom of the page, where your scores will appear. (see FAQ #4)  Note: that the Educational Testing Service (ETS) has a fee reduction program for people demonstrating financial need. This program offers a limited number of GRE Fee Reduction Certificates on a first-come, first-served basis to college seniors and college graduates who meet income eligibility requirements. The certificates may be used for one GRE test and will cover 50% of the test fee. Applicants wishing to take advantage of the fee reduction must contact the financial aid office at their undergrad institution, find out whether it participates in the ETS fee reduction program, and then demonstrate eligibility. Eligibility is determined by information on the Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR), which contains data reported on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), as well as National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) financial aid history information. More information is available here.
  4. English proficiency test scores (TOEFL, MELAB, or IELTS) for international applicants. See Graduate School Admission Requirements, English Proficiency. Request that test scores be sent to UW-Madison, school code ETS #1846. To know whether your scores have arrived, check your Graduate School electronic application, the Test Scores section at the bottom of the page, where your scores will appear. (see FAQ #7)
  5. COMPLETE and SUBMIT an electronic application on the Graduate School website. Due to the way information is handled electronically, indicate either Sociology or Community and Environmental Sociology on your application form. DO NOT APPLY TO BOTH. If your intent is to receive a Ph.D. degree, then choose Sociology, Ph.D. (see FAQ #3). Upload your statement of reasons for graduate study in the Statements section.
  6. COMPLETE and SUBMIT the Sociology Supplemental Application. The supplemental application is located within the Graduate School electronic application, under the tab, Supplemental Application. Select Sociology and submit the requested materials and respond to the questions. Note: You may submit the Graduate School electronic application before completing two sections, and only these two sections, 1) the recommender, and 2) the supplemental application. You may re-enter these two sections, and only these two sections, at any later time, keeping in mind the December 15 deadline.
  7. UPLOAD THE FOLLOWING MATERIAL to the Sociology Supplemental Application:
    1. Resume or curriculum vitae (See FAQ #12)
    2. Writing sample (See FAQ #10)
    3. Transcripts: Upload copies of your unofficial academic transcripts.

 

For questions about the application process please e-mail our Graduate Admissions Coordinator, Alice Justice, at gradinfo@ssc.wisc.edu.