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 electronic application form. See the Graduate School web link for instructions. We prefer recommendations from academic sources. More than three letters may be submitted, if needed. If your recommenders find it necessary to send paper letters, please ask them to mail the documents to this address:University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate School
    Office of Admissions
    217 Bascom Hall
    500 Lincoln Drive
    Madison, WI 53706
  3. We are not accepting the GRE for the current (Fall 2025 entry) admissions cycle.
  4. International degree-seeking applicants must prove English proficiency. See Graduate School Admission Requirements for more information.
  5. COMPLETE and SUBMIT an electronic application on the Graduate School website. 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,” submit the requested materials, and respond to the questions. Note: You may submit the Graduate School electronic application before completing these two sections: 1) the recommender, and 2) the supplemental application. It is possible to re-enter these two sections–and only these two–and add more information later, 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