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Application Checklist

  • A master's degree with minimum GPA 3.25 (4 Scale)
  • Overall GPA 3.0 (4 Scale) in all Sociology courses previously taken
  • The GRE is optional for the Spring 2022 and Fall 2022 admission periods.
  • TOEFL/ IELTS (For all non-U.S. citizens or non-U.S. permanent residents). Learn more about testing requirements.

Please note that applicants to the Ph.D. program with fewer than 15 hours of Sociology course work will be required to take enough hours at the 4000 level or above in Sociology to equal 15 semester hours; these hours must be taken in addition to the minimum of 30 hours of course work in Sociology.


Scanned copy of your college transcripts with your online application, then arrange for an official copy to be sent to us after you receive an offer of admission.

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required for Ph.D. in Sociology. You can include the email addresses of your references/recommedations in your online application, or have them send paper copies directly to department.

Writing Sample

Please provide an academic writing sample of at least 4000-5000 words.

Graduate School Testing Requirements

If you elect to take the GRE, please have the testing agency send official scores to Virginia Tech Graduate School, code 5859.

Letter of Interest and Curriculum Vitae

A letter of interest (3-5 pages) is required by the Department of Sociology along with your latest Curriculum Vitae.

Please address the following questions in the letter of interest:

  • Why do you want to undertake graduate work?
  • Why do you qualify to pursue a graduate degree at Virginia Tech?
  • What do you expect to derive from your program of study?
  • If you have a concentration or area of interest in mind, briefly outline your interests in this area.
  • What do you expect to contribute as a student and subsequently as a member of the profession?
  • If you have not previously indicated in your application the names of faculty members you are interested in working with, please include that information in this statement.

Evidence of English Proficiency 

The Graduate School requires that all non-U.S. citizens or non-U.S. permanent residents demonstrate English proficiency to ensure they enter the university with sufficient English skills necessary to function in a graduate program. A TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) test score is the most common way international applicants demonstrate English proficiency. We require a minimum TOEFL score of 90 (IBT) or IELTS score of 6.5 for admission. Test scores should be sent to us using ETS institution code 5859. See this page if you qualify for a English language proficiency test waiver. 

Applying as an International Student

  • Blacksburg Campus: Prospective residential on-campus international students might be required to submit immigration documents, and other additional materials with their application. Please consult with Graduate Student Immigration Services.

Additional Information/Supporting Material

Applicants are welcome to submit any additional information with application material that would be useful in evaluation of your application.

Application Fees

Degree-seeking students must include a $75 fee with their application, though check to see if you qualify for a waiver or reduced fee. All application fees are non-refundable.

Application Fee Waivers

Veterans and other applicants are eligible for waivers of the application fee. This form includes the eligibility requirements.


To apply to the graduate program, students must submit the Virginia Tech Graduate School online application. 

Submission Deadline for Domestic Application

*Fall: April 15

* Students seeking assistantships for funding should submit all required admissions materials by January 15 for full consideration.

Submission Deadlines for International Application

*Fall: April 1

* Students seeking assistantships for funding should submit all required admissions materials by January 15 for full consideration.

Blacksburg Campus Application Type:

  • Please select an Application Type: First Time Graduate Study or Readmission
  • Please select a Program: Sociology
  • Please select a Degree Type: PHD
  • Please select a Campus: Blacksburg (Main Campus)
  • Please select a Term: Fall



Include a scanned copy of your college transcripts with your online application, then arrange for an official copy to be sent to us after you receive an offer of admission.

The official transcripts showing degree conferral should be sent directly from your institution(s) to Graduate Admissions:
Virginia Tech Graduate Admissions
120 Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown (Mail Code 0325)
155 Otey Street NW
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061

 Send official scores to Virginia Tech Graduate School, code 5859.

The Department of Sociology has a limited number of graduate assistantships and fellowships available for students applying for full time study on the Blacksburg Campus. Entering students can apply for such funding as part of their admissions application.  No separate application required.

The Graduate School sends an official offer of admission to applicants upon the recommendation of the department faculty. Admitted applicants who are offered graduate assistantships at Virginia Tech are not required to make a decision to commit to the assistantship offer until April 15. See the assistantships page for more details.

Graduate Admissions

J. Micah Roos, Director of Graduate Studies 
Sociology Department
656 McBryde Hall

Program Inquiries

Sarah Ovink, Director of Graduate Studies 
Sociology Department
675A McBryde Hall

Application Questions

Samantha Brodie, Coordinator of Student Services
560 McBryde Hall