The application must be submitted by December 1st to be considered. The deadline applies to all materials. Due to processing time, your application will likely show as incomplete for up to three weeks past the application deadline. This is normal and does not affect the consideration of your application.
Please submit all applications materials at: https://www.colorado.edu/graduateschool/admissions
The admissions application process allows students to log in and confirm which materials have been received.
GRE scores are required of all applicants to our program and they cannot be waived based on academic or professional accomplishments.
Yes. An unofficial transcript must be submitted from every higher education institution you have attended regardless of the length of attendance or the number of credits earned—even if some credits show up on another institution’s transcript as transfer credit. Official transcripts will be required after students are ACCEPTED into the program.
Admission to the program is quite competitive. On average we receive approximately 100-120 applications each cycle and admit approximately 20 students.
A master’s degree is not necessary to apply to our program. Approximately half of our incoming cohort each year comes in with a master’s degree. We accept students with a wide variety of backgrounds; a degree in sociology is not required
Generally, our PhD coursework is restricted only to students who have been accepted into the program. Certain exceptions can be made by the faculty teaching the course of interest.
We accept a maximum of 21 graduate level credit hours from another college or university toward fulfill-ment of the requirements of the PhD degree. Students can submit requests for transfer credit only after the successful completion of six credits of graduate level coursework at CU-Boulder with a 3.0 GPA.
Our program is designed for students seeking a PhD and students obtain their master’s en route to the PhD.
Prior teaching experience is not an important factor in being accepted. However, an interest in teaching is a prerequisite.
In general, our students take between 5-7 years to complete the program.
You can read through the faculty profiles on our website and contact faculty members whose research areas interest you. (Email is the best way to get in touch.) The following link will provide you with a list of faculty members in sociology: https://www.colorado.edu/sociology/our-people/faculty
We offer most of our incoming students a Teaching Assistantship. You would be assisting a faculty member to teach a class, and in return get a semester stipend, tuition remission, and most of your health insurance covered. This funding is based upon departmental funds, and cannot be guaranteed for a specific time, however, we are usually able to fund our students through their 6th year. The department also offers various funding awards for research, travel and teaching.