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Application Procedures



Thank you for your interest in the Ph.D. Program in Sociology at the University of Michigan. Though a background in sociology is not required to apply, work in the social sciences or history is helpful preparation for the program. In addition, evidence of the ability to do high-level graduate work is necessary for a competitive application.

It may be helpful to know that applicants who have been admitted have undergraduate grade point averages in social sciences courses of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 system, with the mean around 3.5. Though we will not be requiring Graduate Record Examination scores, in recent years, the average verbal and quantitative GRE percentile scores have been above the 80th percentile, although there is considerable variation around this value. For students whose native language is not English, Rackham requires a minimum score of 84 on the TOEFL or 6.5 on the IELTS for admission.  For more details, see Rackham's website.

Application Period - The application will be made available in September, and the deadline is December 15th each year. All materials, including letters of recommendation, must be received by this date. Applicants are responsible for making sure that their application materials arrive on time and that their application is complete.


Please contact with any questions about the program or applying.