Graduate Admissions | Sociology | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Liberal Arts

masters students



The department requires an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 for admission to the M.A. degree program and a graduate GPA of 3.25 for admission to the Ph.D. degree program. Applicants to the Ph.D. program must have a residential two-year M.A. degree in sociology (or closely related field). GRE scores are required for admission and consideration for university-wide fellowships. International students must achieve 550 or better on TOEFL scores. To apply on-line visit and submit a purpose statement (with some discussion of research experience and/or interest), a writing sample, a curriculum vita, and official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate academic grades. Also list email addresses for three references who will be automatically contacted to submit letters. Applications are due by January 1.


  • January 14, 2019: application must be received to be considered for a Master’s fellowship, a Graduate Dean’s fellowship, or a PROMPT fellowship (get more information on fellowships)
  • February 15, 2019: application must be received to be considered for a departmental graduate assistantship
  • March 1, 2019: all applications must be received by this date


Apply to the M.A. or Ph. D. Sociology program

For further information, contact:

Dr. Rachel Whaley

Director of Graduate Studies

Faner Hall 3384 - Mail Code 4524

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

1000 Faner Drive

Carbondale, Illinois 62901

Office: 3434 Faner Hall

Phone: (618) 453-7631