If you are interested in applying to our graduate program, please complete an online application found on the Graduate School website. You will be required to pay a non-refundable $51 application fee, and will be given the opportunity to download the Recommendation Form, which you will need to duplicate.

When your online application is submitted, we will receive an electronic copy, but there are several other items you will need to submit directly to the Department of Sociology:

  1. a typed statement of approximately 250 words explaining your educational goals and why you wish to pursue them at University of Montana
  2. a sample of your academic writing, such as a term paper or a professional article
  3. three letters of recommendation using the reproduced Recommendation Form
  4. Graduate Record Exam scores
  5. official transcripts from all institutions of higher education that you have attended

To be admitted to the graduate program you must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, and meet each of the following criteria:

  1. have a minimum grade point average of 3.3 during the last two years of undergraduate work
  2. have a combined score of at least 300 on the verbal and quantitative portions of the new Graduate Record Exam, or a combined score of at least 1000 on the old Graduate Record Exam and a minimum score of four (4) on the GRE writing component
  3. provide three strong letters of recommendation that clearly indicate your potential to complete a Master's degree
  4. provide a writing sample exemplifying good grammar, sentence structure, organization and content

It is possible to be admitted even though you may not meet all four criteria, but there must be compelling evidence of your ability to do graduate work. For example, if your GRE scores are somewhat lower than 1000/4 but your GPA is exemplary, the Department may recommend admission.

Occasionally, students are admitted provisionally and are expected to take additional undergraduate Sociology courses to meet deficiencies in their undergraduate preparation. For example, if you lack training in research methods, you would be expected to take an undergraduate research course before enrolling in a graduate-level methodology class.

If you do not meet the requirements for admission, you may take courses as a graduate nondegree student. Should you be accepted at a later date, you may apply one semester's credits to the Master's degree. Please be aware that nondegree students are not eligible for financial aid.

Admission Deadlines:

  • February 15th (to be considered for financial support)
  • May 1st - preferred Fall Semester deadline
  • November 15th - preferred Spring Semester deadline

** Applications received after the preferred Fal and Spring semester deadlines will be evaluated on a space available basis