Florida State University


College of Social Sciences & Public Policy

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Application Deadline & Requirements

Our admissions committee selectively admits about 10 new graduate students each year. A minimum GPA of 3.0 during the last two years of undergraduate study is required, a combined Verbal and Quantitative GRE score of 300 makes one competitive, and a background in sociology and doing well in an undergraduate statistics course is desirable. Our committee evaluates each applicant’s entire file holistically in making admission decisions. Strong letters of recommendation, a clear and focused personal statement, your research interests fit with faculty expertise, and an exemplary academic writing sample are at least as important as other factors. If you have faced difficulties that have negatively affected your record or you have additional strengths that you believe will ensure success in our graduate program, discuss them in your personal statement and the committee will take them into consideration.


Applications for our traditional Master’s and Ph.D. Program must be completed by January 1st.

Completing your application

A completed application includes (1) mailing official undergraduate/graduate transcripts and having the GRE send scores directly to FSU’s Office of Admissions at 282 Champions Way, Tallahassee FL 32306-2400, and (2) supply the requested information and upload documents to the Graduate School’s Application Portal, including:

  • Personal Statement. Upload a 2-3 page statement that highlights relevant training and experiences, your sociological interests and career goals, and why our department is the right place for you to continue your education.
  • Academic Writing Sample. “Upload a copy of a sole-authored paper, such as an undergraduate course paper, an honor’s thesis, Master’s thesis, or publication. The paper should showcase your writing abilities, demonstrate critical thinking skills, and reveal your potential to succeed in our graduate program.
  • Transcripts. Upload a copy (unofficial is fine) of undergraduate and graduate transcripts.
  • GRE and/or TOEFL Scores. Upload copies (unofficial copy is fine) of your GRE scores. International students must also upload copies of TOEFL scores (minimum of 550 paper, 213 computer, or 80 Internet based).
    • Note, if you unable to take the GRE before the application deadline due to the pandemic, please (1) indicate this in your personal statement and (2) email Doug Schrock (dschrock@fsu.edu) and Kimberly McClellan (kmcclellan@fsu.edu) with a more detailed explanation and put “Request for GRE Waiver” in the subject line. Our Dean has agreed to review and approve such requests on a case-by-case basis.”
  • Recommendation Letters. Provide the contact information of three academics who have agreed to write letters of recommendation. We will email them instructions about how to upload their letters. If you have been out of college for an extended period of time and cannot secure three academics, contact us for further guidance.

Application Fee and Status Check.

Once you have provided the required information and uploaded your materials, you will have to pay a $30 fee and be able to check the status of your application through the “application status check.” If you do not pay the fee, the graduate school considers your application incomplete and they will not consider you for admission.