Apply to the Master of Arts Program

Students applying for the Master of Arts in sociology in The Department of Sociology at Western Michigan University should should follow the application deadlines and instructions.

Timeline

  • Jan. 15: Completed applications due in the department.
  • Jan. 15 through Feb. 28: Review process.
  • March 15: First round of funding offers sent out by department.
  • April 15: Acceptance of funding by students due back to department.
  • April 30: Second round of funding offers sent.
  • May 15: Acceptance of final funding due.

Admission requirements

For admission to the master's program in sociology, you must:

  • Complete 24 semester hours in undergraduate social science, with at least 15 semester hours in sociology, including courses in theory and research methods. If you do not have the requisite hours of undergraduate sociology courses you may be required to make up deficiencies as a condition of matriculation.
  • Have a grade point average of 3.0 or better in undergraduate sociology courses.

No single requirement is sufficient to guarantee an offer of admission or to dictate a denial of admission. The information you submit is carefully evaluated by the Central Graduate Committee to ascertain if you are likely to succeed in graduate studies in sociology and you have the intellectual interests which can be cultivated by the department's areas of strength.

Application

U.S. citizens and resident aliens may apply using either the self-managed or online application. Submit your application and additional materials by Jan. 15.

Self-managed application

You take responsibility for gathering all admission materials and submitting these materials before the Jan. 15 deadline. Instructions for completing the graduate self-managed application and submitting required materials are on the application form.

  • Contact the Office of Admissions for admissions information.
  • Meet with the graduate advisor in the Department of Sociology for additional materials required by the department and for assistance in the admissions process.

Online application

You may choose to complete the application form online. This online feature provides instructions for completing the application and submitting required materials. Contact the graduate advisor in the Department of Sociology for additional materials required by the department and for special assistance in the admissions process.

International students

Graduate applications for international students are processed by the Office of International Students and Services within the Haenicke Institute for Global Education and then passed along to the Department of Sociology for the admission decision.

You may apply using either the self-managed application process or the international online application process. Submit your application and additional materials by Jan. 15.

Additional information to submit

Submit the following along with your application by Jan. 15:

  • GRE scores.
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools attended (except WMU).
  • Personal statement—two to three pages on one’s academic background, research interests and focus of study and professional goals related to the study of sociology.
  • Sample of original academic writing.
  • Three letters of recommendation from academic or professional sources.
  • TOEFL scores (international applicants only).

Submit application and attachments

Mail paper applications (online applications will be automatically directed to the appropriate office), GRE scores and official transcripts to:

Office of Admissions
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5211 USA

Mail the personal statement, original academic writing sample and letters of recommendation, to:

Department of Sociology Graduate Advisor
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5257 USA