Graduate Admissions Information

All incoming graduate students are admitted to the Ph.D. program and must be committed to pursuing the Ph.D. degree. The Graduate Program in Sociology at the University of Miami does not accept students who aspire to earn a terminal M.A. degree.

All applicants to the Ph.D. program are evaluated across several indicators of academic potential, including grade point averages (GPA), letters of recommendation, and statements of purpose. Applicants without graduate experience are expected to have a minimum overall GPA of 3.20 in undergraduate coursework. Applicants with graduate experience are expected to have a minimum overall GPA of 3.50 in graduate coursework. All applicants should provide three (3) letters of recommendation from persons who are familiar with their academic work and scholarly potential. At least two of these letters should come from professors currently or previously employed in a college or university. All applicants should provide a brief (no more than three pages), yet compelling, statement of purpose. This statement should clearly describe the applicant’s academic background, research interests, and professional goals. It should also clearly indicate how the student’s research interests are consistent with the research strengths of the department. Non-native English speakers should be prepared to demonstrate English language proficiency, as indicated by minimum scores of 80 (internet based), 213 (computer based), or 550 (paper based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination. Alternatively, applicants must submit IELTS results; the minimum score schoul be 6.5. For more TOEFL/IELTS information, including waivers, see


  1. All applicants must complete an online application and pay a non-refundable fee of $85.00. To access the online application, click here!
  2. Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions should be submitted to the department by the Registrar of each institution. Transcripts sent by applicants will not be accepted.
  3. When completing the online application, all applicants must provide contact information for three references. Three letters of recommendation will then be solicited online. Letters sent by applicants will not be accepted.
  4. All applicants should submit a statement of purpose to the department.
  5. Non-native English speakers should submit official TOEFL scores electronically to the university. Scores sent by applicants will not be accepted.
  6. Students who complete M.A. degrees in Sociology at the University of Miami must formally apply to the Ph.D. program. Students transitioning from our M.A. program to our Ph.D. program should submit only two letters of recommendation and a statement of purpose.
  7. The application deadline for priority funding (assistantships and fellowships) is January 15th. Rolling admissions begin on January 16th to admit qualified students with funding (depending on availability). For those who meet the January 15th deadline, letters of acceptance and funding decisions will be sent by April 15th


Graduate Assistantships, Teaching Assistantships, and University Fellowships are offered each academic year (fall and spring semesters). Graduate Assistantships require students to assist individual faculty members with their research, teaching, and other professional responsibilities (15 hours per week). Graduate Assistantships also require students to assist the department in miscellaneous tasks (5 hours per week). Teaching Assistantships are usually awarded following the completion of the M.A. degree and SOC 622 (Teaching Sociology). Teaching Assistantships require students to teach their own undergraduate courses. Teaching Assistants meet periodically with a regular faculty member for supervision and support. University Fellowships are awarded by the Graduate School on the basis of nominations by the Graduate Committee. University Fellowships do not entail any formal teaching or research responsibilities for two years. Research Assistantships are also offered periodically. When faculty members have financial resources from grants and research accounts, they may employ graduate students to work on special projects. Regular Graduate Assistantships, Teaching Assistantships, and University Fellowships may be deferred while students are funded under Research Assistantships.

Assistantships and Fellowships are awarded by the department on a competitive basis and normally include a tuition scholarship for full-time enrollment and a stipend for living expenses. For the 2019-2020 academic year, Graduate Assistantships are worth approximately $60,950. This financial package includes $38,000 for tuition and fees (18 credit hours) and a stipend of $22,950 (9 months). Students entering the program with a B.A. or B.S. degree will normally receive continuous funding for five (5) academic years. Students entering the program with a graduate degree will normally receive three (3) years of continuous funding. Please note that all funding awards are contingent upon (a) full- time enrollment in at least nine (9) credit hours per semester (fall and spring), (b) satisfactory annual performance evaluations, and (c) adequate progress toward degree completion. Assistantships are assigned by the Program Director according to the needs of (1) the department, (2) junior faculty, (3) faculty funded by grants, (4) faculty with requests for special research assistance, and (5) faculty with requests for teaching assistance. Whenever possible, graduate students are assigned to faculty working in their specific areas of concentration. Students and faculty may also request specific assignments.

Eligible students may wish to apply for a McKnight Doctoral Fellowship prior to submitting their application for admission to the Sociology Graduate Program. Please see the McKnight Fellowship website for more information ( For additional funding opportunities, please see the Graduate School's web site:,-financial-aid,-and-other-funding-opportunities/index.html.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Amie Nielsen – 305.284.6158 –