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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.
  • Applicants must upload an unofficial copy of transcripts from prior undergraduate and graduate work as part of their online application for admission. Official transcripts are required only after an offer of admission is made and accepted. Transcripts can be sent either via the postal service or via secure electronic delivery. In order to be considered official, transcripts and other documents must come directly from the institution attended. Some institutions provide secure electronic delivery of transcripts. These submissions may be made to cdm@vanderbilt.edu.

    Transcripts sent via the postal service should be addressed as follows:

    CDM-Sociology

    PMB 407833

    2301 Vanderbilt Place
    Nashville, TN 37240-7833

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.

Vanderbilt University is committed to principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action, and encourages individuals from diverse, under-represented populations to apply to its graduate programs. The university does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, socio-economic background, or disability.

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