Admissions and Financial Support

 1. Admissions

  • We typically admit between 4 and 8 students every year, for full-time study only. Applications are to be submitted by December 29, 2016.
  • Admission decisions are based on previous academic record, letters of recommendation, a writing sample, GRE scores, relevant personal experience, and the personal statement
  • Evidence of prior research and background in sociology are very desirable but not required
  • We generally do not admit students with GREs below the fiftieth percentile or an undergraduate GPA lower than B
  • We welcome applications from foreign applicants, and we have admitted students from China, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, and other countries; students whose native language is not English should submit evidence that they can converse and do research in English and provide TOEFEL scores
  • Students enter in the fall semester

Click here for the general Graduate School admission requirements

Click here for the Graduate School application instructions

2. Financial Support

  • All admitted students receive offers of financial assistance, normally comprising full tuition grants, fellowships, health insurance subsidies, and research assistantships
  • Standard awards require students to work during the academic year assisting with faculty research and teaching
  • Stipend awards represent a commitment of support for five years of study, contingent upon a student maintaining normal progress toward the Ph.D. degree.
  • For 2015-16 the standard stipend level is $22,000 plus 100% coverage of health insurance premiums
  • Exceptional applicants may be eligible for enhanced university-wide fellowships awarded through the Laney Graduate School, including the George W. Woodruff Fellowship and the Emory Graduate Diversity Fellowship; all applicants are automatically considered for all awards