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How to Apply

January 1 is the application deadline for entry in the fall.  Our application fee is $95, and the application process is entirely online and begins here:

Vanderbilt University Graduate School Applications and Information

The basic requirements for admission include:

  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited, four-year institution (or a course of study that is the equivalent of such a degree)
  • A minimum of a B average in undergraduate work and a minimum of a B average in the field of expected graduate study
  • GRE verbal and quantitative scores (the subject test is not required). Information about the GRE can be obtained from: Graduate Record Examinations, Educational Testing Service, Box 6000, Princeton, NJ, 08541-6000, USA or at http://www.gre.org
  • Applicants whose first language is not English and who have not received a degree at an English-speaking university must include a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score with the application. The Graduate School requires a minimum TOEFL score of 570 (paper-based; 230 computer-based; or 88 Internet-based). Information about TOEFL can be obtained from TOEFL, Box 6151, Princeton, NJ, 08541-6151,  USA or at http://www.toefl.org For IELTS, the minimum acceptable score will vary by program. In many cases, a score of at least 7.0 is desirable. Please contact dgs-soc@vanderbilt.edu to confirm. You may access information regarding the IELTS exam, including registration and sample tests, at http://www.ielts.org.

In addition to the required application materials (personal essay, transcripts, letters of recommendation, etc.), you may wish to upload an electronic copy of a research paper or M.A. thesis. If you send paper materials, please send them to: Graduate Applications – College of Arts and Science, ATTN: Sociology, Vanderbilt University, 411 Kirkland Hall, Nashville, TN, 37240, USA.

To request general information about the graduate program, please contact:dgs-soc@vanderbilt.edu.