Deadline and How to Apply

All applicants for the PhD programs must apply online using the UCI Online Application for Graduate Admissions


Paper applications are no longer used.

The graduate application will be available starting at 12:01 AM on September 1.

The deadline for applications is December 1st.

Materials that cannot be uploaded to the online application should be sent to the School of Social Sciences, via U.S. Postal Mail, and addressed as follows:

Attention: Graduate Admissions (Sociology)
Graduate Affairs Office
School of Social Sciences
University of California, Irvine
3151 Social Science Plaza A
Irvine, CA 92697-5100

The writing sample should be emailed to The document should be in pdf format. Include the following subject heading: Sociology Ph.D. Application Last Name, First Name, assigned ID number (as generated by the online application system), Writing Sample.


Admission Requirements

The following items are required as part of the graduate application:

Fee waivers are not available to international applicants.

  • GRE scores
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • One (1) Writing Sample

For further information about these requirements, please click here on FAQ for prospective students.

If you have further questions, please visit the School of Social Science's FAQ Page  or contact the Graduate Admissions Office at or (949) 824-7352.



Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

The GRE General Test is required of all applicants for PhD admission. We cannot waive this requirement; even when the applicant has completed an advanced degree at another college or university in the United States.

We cannot accept GMAT, LSAT, or MCAT scores in place of the GREs. We do not require that applicants file scores from any of the various GRE (subject) tests available.

Test scores for Fall admission must be dated no earlier than four years prior.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

The internet-based TOEFL(-ibT) is required of all international applicants except citizens of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. The test is also required of US permanent residents who did not attend four full years and graduate high school in the United States.

A minimum overall score of 80/120 is required for admission, while a minimum sub-score of 26/30 on the Speaking component of the test is needed to qualify for financial support consideration. We cannot waive either of these minimum score requirements under any circumstances. Neither can we waive the requirement for current TOEFL or IELTS scores.

We can accept current IELTS (International English Language Testing System) scores as an alternative to the TOEFL-ibT, in which case a minimum 7/10 (overall) is required for admission, and 8/10 (Speaking component) for financial support consideration.

TOEFL-ibt or IELTS test scores for Fall  admission must be dated no earlier than February of the previous year.


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