Graduate Programs




The following deadlines must be observed in order to receive consideration for admission:

  • February 1 - priority consideration for fall semester and to be considered for financial support
  • April 15 - for fall admission

Applications received after the deadline will be held and included for consideration at the next deadline. (They will be considered at an earlier date only at the discretion of the committee.) Applicants who wish to begin coursework prior to their admission to the Graduate School may do so through the Graduate Non-Degree (GND) program. Please note:Taking Non-Degree credits does not ensure future admittance into the program.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited U.S. institution, or a certifiable foreign equivalent with a total grade point average of 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0).  Applicants should have completed five undergraduate sociology courses (or approved equivalents, with no more than two of the latter) with a GPA of at least 3.0.  Applicants must also submit two samples of writing (a 750-word essay required by the IU Graduate School and a sole-authored report or term paper required by the Sociology Department, official transcripts and three letters of reference. Foreign applicants are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). 

Note: The GRE general test is not required, but is strongly recommended for admission to the program. In addition, some funding opportunities require strong scores on the GRE general test.

Financial Aid:

Stipends of various amounts for teaching and research assistantships are available from the School of Liberal Arts.  The Graduate School also provides stipends.  All are on a competitive basis, and applications must be received by February 1.  For information on Work Study and Student Loans, contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid, Cavanaugh Hall, Room 103, IUPUI, 425 University Boulevard, Indianapolis, IN 46202, Ph: 317-278-4723.


The Indiana University Graduate School strongly encourages the submission of on-line applications.  However, if a student is unable to use the on-line application, a paper application package for the Graduate Program may be requested from the Department of Sociology at the address below or call 317-274-8981.

Link to on-line application

For your convenience, the on-line application to the Graduate Program can be started, put on hold, and completed on a different day. This will allow you to gather needed information and to compose your Personal Statement in installments.


  1.   Completed on-line application
  2. Three letters of recommendation and IU Recommendation for Admission forms (available on line or from the department).  These documents should be from individuals familiar with your academic abilities and potential.
  3. Copy of official transcript(s) of all previous college and university work, documenting each course taken, grades received, and all degrees awarded.
  4. Personal Statement - a 750 word essay (as required by the Graduate School) on "Why I want to enter the Master’s Degree program in Sociology."
  5. 2nd writing sample: a sole-authored writing sample (a recent term paper or report analyzing a social science topic).
  6. The application fee should be paid (online) by MasterCard, Visa or American Express.

Additional information on the MA in Sociology can be obtained at the IUPUI Sociology department, by calling the Sociology Office Coordinator at 317-274-8981, by e-mail:, or by writing to the address below.

Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Sociology
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
425 University Blvd. CA 303
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5140