Graduate Program

The graduate program in sociology at Kansas State University offers work leading to the degrees of Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy. The primary objective of the program is to provide the highest quality graduate training possible for students seeking to become teachers and scholars in the field of sociology, or those seeking to enter careers in applied research in government or private industry. The program offers a small student/faculty ratio. Graduate students have a high level of contact with faculty and are provided with the opportunity to participate in supervised research. The program has an excellent record in placing its Ph.D. graduates in teaching positions.


Application Procedures

Click here for the online application and general detailed information about entrance requirements. This website informs you about requirements that are determined by the university (application fees, language requirements etc.).

Application checklist

1. One copy of the graduate admission application form.

2. M.A. Students - Two copies of your undergraduate transcripts.
   Ph.D. Students - Two copies of your undergraduate transcripts and graduate transcripts.

3. A letter stating your academic objectives and requesting financial assistance if you require it to carry out your graduate studies.

4. Current Curriculum Vitae.

5. Three letters of recommendation (no official form is required).

6. One example of your written work (e.g., publication reprint, paper presentation, term paper, senior thesis, research proposal, chapter from your M.A. thesis, or other scholarly work).

7. A copy of your Graduate Record Examination scores (nominally, the General GRE is required).

8. Applicants to graduate degree programs must pay a non-refundable application fee.

    9a. Current TOEFL score (preferred), or IELTS or PTE exam scores.
    9b. Completed Affidavit of Financial Support form.

All materials should be submitted to:

Graduate Coordinator
Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
204 Waters Hall
Kansas State University
Manhattan KS 66506-4003

Application deadlines

The general application deadline for Fall semesters is January 15 for domestic applicants and January 1 for international applicants. Applicants will receive notification about admittance in March. Notification about financial assistance (if requested) is usually sent out in early April.

Applications without financial support have different deadlines. Such applications for Fall admission are considered if received before June 1 (May 1 for international students). For Spring admission the corresponding deadline is October 1 (for both domestic and international students).

Opportunities for financial assistance

Teaching and research assistantships are usually available each year on a competitive basis. The program has a set number of teaching assistantships for every semester. Research assistantships are contingent on external funding for faculty members and may or may not be available in a given year. Assistantships provide a stipend to cover student living expenses, and (in most cases) either a waiver, or funds, to cover tuition. Health insurance is also available at a moderate cost to the student (following Kansas regulations, international students must have health insurance coverage). Students on assistantships must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours per semester.

Teaching assistants at the M.A. level work under the supervision of a faculty member or instructor, and typically assist in the work load required to teach sociology courses. At the Ph.D. level, teaching assistants are typically assigned to teach sections of Introduction to Sociology. Advanced Ph.D. students who prove to be good teachers may be assigned to other courses, depending on departmental needs.
Research assistants at both the M.A. and Ph.D. levels are assigned to specific research projects and work directly under the supervision of the principal investigator responsible for the project. This provides valuable mentoring and experience in conducting social science research.

Frequently asked questions

Can I apply if I don’t have a background in sociology?

Yes. The program has admitted students without any background in sociology or other social science fields. Such students may be required to take an upper level undergraduate course in theory and/or research methods to make sure that they are prepared for graduate level work in the field.

What are the GRE scores required for admission?

There are no specific scores defined as a cutoff for admission. Usually, combined scores of verbal and quantitative above 1000 (in the old system) are considered good. Scores between 800 and 1000 are still acceptable if other aspects of the application are strong. Combined scores under 800 are considered weak.

Can I apply to the Ph.D. program if I do not have a master’s degree?

All Ph.D. applicants are required to have a master’s degree. If you apply to the Ph.D. program without a master’s degree, or (as it may happen with international students) your degree is from another country and is not accepted by KSU as an equivalent of a US master’s degree, you will be considered for admission to the MA program.

Do I need to reapply if I complete my master’s degree at KSU and would like to continue for a Ph.D.?

Yes. The two programs are separate so it has to be a new application. However if you were successful in your MA program, there is a very high chance that you will be admitted to the Ph.D. program.

What are the English proficiency requirements for international applicants?

Such requirements are determined by the university and not the program. See the link for further information: Please keep in mind that sociology requires a strong command of the English language, and students are expected to read and write a considerable amount of text during their graduate studies. Poor language skills not only jeopardize the academic progress of a student, but also make the student much less competitive for assistantship positions.


To obtain an information/application package or additional information, please contact:

Dr. László J. Kulcsár
Graduate Coordinator
Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
Kansas State University
202-D Waters Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506-4003
(785) 532-4959

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