Master of Science in Sociology

Program Coordinator

Admission Deadlines

Additional Links

Dr. Chet Ballard Fall Semester: July 15 Retention/Dismissal/Readmission Policy
Email: cballard@valdosta.edu Spring Semester: November 15 Graduation Requirements
Phone: 229-333-5491

Summer Semester: April 15

Department of Sociology, Anthropology, & Criminal Justice Website

Admission Requirements

Required Documents

Admission Requirements

Online Graduate Application

  • Application Fee $35 (credit or debit card and e-checks accepted)
  • Apply Online

One Official Transcript from each institution where you have previously enrolled (undergraduate and graduate).

(Transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at VSU will be obtained by the Graduate School

      • Must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally- accredited institution.
      • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.50 on 4.0 scale calculated on all attempted coursework.
      • See Important Program Information for additional prerequisites

Official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores

or

Miller Analogies Test

    • Minimum GRE Requirements:
      • 800 combined verbal and quantitative scores.
    • Minimum MAT Requirement: 389
Sample of Written Work
    • A copy of a sample of written work submitted for credit in an upper-division or graduate-level course in Sociology or current major field.
    • If a sample of written work that was submitted for credit is not available, then the applicant should contact the program coordinator for instructions on writing a personal goal statement to substitute for the sample of written work. This goal statement should describe reasons why the applicant wishes to pursue graduate study in Sociology at VSU and should be submitted directly to the Graduate School as part of the admission file.

Two Recommendations

(General Recommendation Form Required)

  • Recommendations from professionals familiar with your professional and/or academic background.

VSU Medical Form

Page 1 of Medical Form

Page 2 of Medical Form

  • The form must be completed and signed by the student/applicant.
  • This form must be received prior to enrollment, NOT prior to admission.
  • Applicants who are currently enrolled, and those who attended VSU in the past, are not required to resubmit the Medical Form

Unless otherwise indicated above, all required documents must be received on or before the admission deadline for your file to be reviewed. It is the applicant's responsibility to allow adequate time for document delivery and to en-sure receipt of documents. Please allow at least 7-10 days for delivery by mail.

    Important Program Information

    • An undergraduate degree in sociology is not required, however students without an undergraduate degree in sociology should show evidence of successful completion of an undergraduate sociological theory course, an undergraduate statistics course, and an undergraduate social science research methods course, including training in SPSS (The Statistical Package for the Social Sciences).

    International Applicants 

    International applicants must meet all admission criteria and documentation requirements as defined by the program, however, additional documentation may be required.  Please review the information below for specific information and guidelines.

    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Exam – Applicants whose first language is not English (based on country of citizenship) must submit official scores on the TOEFL exam. International applicants whose first language is not English but who have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a U.S. institution may be exempt from the TOEFL requirement.
    • Certificate of Finances- The Certificate of Finance is required of any applicant requiring a student visa to enter the United States to complete his or her studies. This document is considered a part of the application for admission and applications will not be reviewed without this document.  Applicants who do not require an I-20 student visa to complete their studies are exempt from this requirement.
    • Evaluation of International Transcripts - Applicants who have completed coursework at an institution outside of the United States must submit a course-by-course evaluation of the coursework.  This transcript evaluation must be completed by an international education credentials evaluation service such as Josef Silny, ECE, etc.  The transcript evaluation does not replace the transcript requirement. Official transcripts are still required.

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