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 2nd.
The Sociology Department requires one (1) writing sample. The applicant should upload the sample during the application process into the application portal created. The document should be in pdf format.
Please see the FAQ page for more details.
The following items are required as part of the graduate application:
- Application Fee - US$120 (US Citizens and Permanent Residents); US$140 (international
- Application fee waivers are available to qualifying US citizens and permanent residents: https://www.grad.uci.edu/admissions/applying-to-uci/fee-waivers.php
Fee waivers are not available to international applicants.
- GRE scores
- TOEFL or IELTS
- Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
- One (1) Writing Sample
For further information about these requirements, please click here on FAQ for prospective students.
GRE AND TOEFL/IELTS
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.