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ADMISSIONS (All applicants are required to submit the application online, click here).

Application Deadline: December 15 for PhD applicants; March 1 for MA applicants.


Applications are evaluated after the deadline.


Letters of Reference:

  • Number Required: 3
  • From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from college/university faculty members familiar with academic competence, wherever possible. If needed, letters may also come from supervisors and others who may be familiar with your skills and performance.
  • These should be emailed by the letter writer to The cover form is not required.


Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

  • A baccalaureate degree is required.



  • No specific coursework is required for admission.
  • All original transcripts should be sent directly to the department, using the address:

Sociology Admissions
713 Gladfelter Hall

1115 West Polett Walk

Temple University

Philadelphia, PA 19122

  • We encourage you to also email a scanned copy to speed up the review process in case there is a delay with having the transcript mailed. Send to


Statement of Goals (personal statement):

  • The Statement of Goals should be approximately 500-1,000 words and should include the following elements
    • Your interest in Temple's program
    • Your research goals
    • Your future career goals
    • Your academic and research achievements.
  • The statement of goals is submitted through the online application system.
  • You may also send the statement of goals by email to


Standardized Test Scores:

  • The GRE is required.
  • TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE academic scores are required (just one of the above) from
    • Individuals not born on American soil who were educated at an institution outside the United States, and
    • U.S. citizens who earned a degree abroad from an institution where the language of instruction was other than English.
  • Minimum TOEFL score needed to be accepted: 79 IBT or 550 PBT.
  • Minimum IELTS score needed to be accepted: 6.5.
  • Minimum PTE score needed to be accepted: 53.
  • Your test scores should be sent directly by the testing service.
  • We encourage you to email your test scores as well, to speed up the review process,


Writing Sample:

  • The writing sample should demonstrate your ability to conduct research and to write a scholarly paper. The writing sample may be on any topic, but no more than 25 pages in length. It must be fully referenced according to a professional and scholarly style.
  • Email the writing sample as an attachment to



  • A personal resume or curriculum vitae is required.
  • Email the resume as an attachment to


Transfer Credit:

  • Graduate coursework in Sociology may be transferred from outside the university, provided that the credits were obtained no more than five years prior to the student's matriculation at Temple and the grades are "B" or better. The maximum number of credits/semester hours a student may transfer is 6 for MA students and 12 for PhD students.
  • This process is handled during the first semester of enrollment.
  • Students requesting an exemption from a requirement of the program based on previously taken course work must write a letter indicating the date they took the course and provide a syllabus or detailed description of the course. The Graduate Chair, in consultation with faculty teaching the course in that semester, will review this material and determine whether or not the student is exempt. The department will then submit a Request for Transfer of Graduate Credit Form to the College for approval.




Submission Format

Application Form

Online Application Process

Personal Statement

Online Application Process. You may also send by email to

Writing Sample


Letters of Reference (3)

Emailed from the letter writer to


Send by mail to the address above. Also, scan a copy and email to

GRE scores

Sent by the testing service. Also, include the scores in an email.

TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores (if required)

Sent by the testing service. Also, include the scores in an email.


Frequently Asked Questions About Graduate Admissions

1. I don't have an MA yet, but I eventually want a PhD. Which program do I apply to?

Apply directly to the PhD program. You will obtain your MA within that program, on your path to the PhD. You can only be considered for funding if you apply to the PhD program.

2. My scores or GPA may not be good enough for the PhD program. Should I apply to the MA program instead?

No. The MA program is not a stepping stone into the PhD program. It is a professional degree and the admissions standards are the same.

3. I have been out of school for several years and no longer have contact with my professors. How do I obtain reference letters?

You may want to use the web to try to find one or more of those professors to see if they remember you or have records of your performance. In addition, you can ask supervisors and other professional contacts to write letters on your behalf.

4. I have taken graduate courses already, at other institutions. Can I transfer those credits in?

You can petition for transfer after your enrollment begins. It is not part of the admissions process. We can only consider graduate courses in sociology that directly correspond to courses that we offer. As many as 12 credits can transfer in, subject to approval.

5. My GRE scores are old. Can I still use them?

Your scores must be from the past five years, using the application deadline as the marker.If your scores will be more than 5 years old as of the appication deadline, you need to re-take the GREs.

6. Should I visit the department? Will that help my application?

Because many appicants do not have the opportunity to visit, we do not schedule visits for any applicants prior to the admissions process. Applicants offered admission to the PhD program will be invited for a visit to assist with their decision. Applicants offered admission to the MA program are welcome to request a chance to visit the department.

7. I have more questions. Who do I ask?

Direct all of your questions to Questions about the admissions process, the program, and funding will be answered by the graduate director Dustin Kidd. Other inquiries, including requests to confirm receipt of materials, will be answered by the graduate coordinator Pamela Smallwood.


department of sociology | 713 gladfelter hall | 1115 west polett walk
philadelphia, pa 19122 | (215) 204-7760 | fax: (215) 204-3352 |