Thank you for your interest in the Sociology Ph.D. program at Northwestern University.
Please note that our application deadline for Fall 2018 admission has past and we are no longer accepting applications. Applications submitted after December 15th will not be reviewed and application fees will not be refunded.
— Graduate Admissions Committee

Admission Overview:

Detailed information on application requirements can be found here.

Required Materials:

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume or CV
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores (for international applicants only)
  • Copy of transcripts for all post-secondary education
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation
    • Maximum of three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Writing Sample
    • Maximum of 30 pages
 Optional Materials: (For applicants interested in being considered for these opportunities)


All applicants must apply directly to The Graduate School (TGS) between September 2nd and December 15th of the year preceding admission. Applicants are only admitted for the fall quarter of each academic year. The Department normally funds all those it admits.

Graduate School admission information

Sociology PhD Application Requirements

On-line Application for Admission

Financial Aid

Applying to Interdisciplinary Graduate Clusters

Program Requirements

Frequently Asked Questions