Graduate Application Deadline January 10
All required application materials must be submitted by this date to ensure full consideration for admission and financial aid.
Students are admitted to the graduate program in the spring for study beginning in the fall semester. Students are not generally admitted for study beginning in the spring semester.
Graduate Application Materials
- Online application and $75 application fee**
- Unofficial transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended (admitted students must have official transcripts submitted from their degree-granting institution(s))
- 3 letters of recommendation
- Resume or CV
- Personal statement
- English proficiency exam scores (TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo are accepted) for international students
- Writing sample
NOTE: We do not require and will not consider GRE scores are part of the application process.
**Students facing financial hardship can request an application fee waiver.
Admitted Graduate Students
Admission decisions and next steps information will be communicated via email to the address you listed in your online application. Additional information can be found on the graduate admission website.
Graduate Financial Aid
2023 Forever Orange Scholarship Program
We are happy to continue our support of the Forever Orange program! Syracuse University Class of 2023 graduating seniors are eligible to apply for our master’s program and, if admitted, will receive a guaranteed 50% tuition scholarship! Please visit the Graduate School website for additional details on eligibility, participating programs and application instructions.
A limited number of fellowships and assistantships are allocated to qualified incoming students and to advanced students who are making good progress toward the Ph.D.
Once an award is made, the Department attempts to continue support for at least four academic years (starting with when the student is matriculated) for those entering with a B.A., assuming that the student continues to make satisfactory progress towards degree requirements. For students entering with an M.A. in sociology, the Department strives to continue support for at least two academic years from initial matriculation.
Students who receive full departmental funding may not undertake additional employment during the academic year unless they have received written permission from the chair of the Department and Syracuse University. Students are encouraged to seek research funding outside the department while preparing the proposal and working on the comprehensive exam, as the department is typically unable to guarantee support for students beyond their coursework.
The department aids students in seeking employment such as evening and summer teaching or part-time work at local colleges, and faculty members assist with the preparation of research proposals to appropriate funding agencies. Dissertation fellowships are available through departmental and University-wide competitions, and funding agencies outside the University offer 15 dissertation funding as well. In addition, students may find research support through faculty research projects, teaching assistantships in other departments, and other graduate research activities.
Graduate Transfer Students
Students who have begun study in sociology or related disciplines at other institutions are invited to transfer to Syracuse University. Students who have earned a sociology Master’s degree comparable to that of Syracuse University may be admitted directly into the Ph.D. program. Students with graduate work in related disciplines (i.e., women's studies, gerontology, policy studies) should discuss with the graduate director what courses and requirements have been fulfilled and the extent of transfer credit to be awarded. A maximum of 30 credit hours may be transferred.
Request information about our graduate program.
Contact the graduate director, Yingyi Ma.
Contact the department administrator, Janet Coria.
Department of Sociology
302 Maxwell Hall, Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY 13244
Phone: (315) 443-2347