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Application Materials Checklist

Applicants must submit the following to be considered for admission to graduate study at the University of Michigan's Sociology Department:

University of Michigan web-based Graduate Application with fee.  

Subplans - Subplans are not required, but if you do know which area(s) you are interested in, please mention this in your application (Intended Graduate Program section) and statement of purpose.  Subplans are mapped onto the department's Area Exam topics. Students often change their mind once they are in graduate school regarding their intellectual interests; identifying a subplan does not restrict a student to that area once they arrive, but instead gives the admissions committee as sense of the intellectual breadth of the incoming cohort.

Upload one set of official transcripts when you complete the online application. Please check the Rackham Graduate School's website regarding Transcripts for the most up-to-date information on this process. 

Academic Statement of Purpose - The Statement of Purpose is the single most important item in your application. The purpose of this essay is to give the faculty a clear idea of a) why you want to pursue a career in sociology; b) what questions or problems interest you; c) how you want to address these questions; d) your subplan interest(s), if applicable (see section below); and e) why you want to pursue your graduate degree at the University of Michigan. This statement should be about 2 pages long.

Personal Statement - Tell us about yourself: How have your background and life experiences, including cultural, geographical, financial, educational or other opportunities or challenges, motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan? For example, if you grew up in a community where educational, cultural, or other opportunities were either especially plentiful or especially lacking, you might discuss the impact this had on your development and interests. This should be a discussion of the journey that has led to your decision to seek a graduate degree.  Please do not repeat your Academic Statement of Purpose.

A sample of written work (e.g., a senior thesis or term paper, 10-20 pages, double-spaced) providing evidence of creative and critical thinking, quality of writing, and potential independent research. Upload with your application as ‘additional information’.

Three letters of recommendation which evaluate the applicant’s past academic performance and potential for graduate study. Our application system does not accept letters of recommendation through Interfolio. Once you get to the letter of recommendation portion of the application, you will enter the email addresses for your recommendation letters and a confidential link with instructions will be sent to your recommenders for submission. Online submission is preferred, though hard copies can be sent directly to the Sociology Department to:

Sociology Graduate Admissions
3001 LSA Building
Ann Arbor, MI  48109-1382

International students please see additional information listed here.

*GRE scores will not be required in the application process*