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Admissions Requirements

Admission requirements are established by the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice and the College of Graduate Studies. The decision to admit an applicant to the graduate programs in Sociology or Criminology is primarily based on:

  • On-line application
  • GRE's (competitive GRE scores for admission are around 310, cumulative). Scores can not be over 5 years old.
  • Unofficial transcript containing GPA
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of objectives (why you want an M.A. or Ph.D. and what you plan to do with it - 1 to 5 pages in length)
  • TOEFL (minimum 600/250/100) or IELTS (7.5) for foreign students
  • Writing sample is strongly encouraged. The ETS University of Delaware institution code is 5811.

  Recommended GPA is at least 3.5 and above. Application deadline is January 3, 2021.

Application Process Update:  Due to COVID-19, the department is waiving the GRE requirement for our graduate program this year. If you wish to apply without a GRE score, please enter a future GRE exam date into the application when prompted. This need not be an actual exam date. Entering any future date will allow your application to be sent on to our review committee where it will receive full consideration. Reporting your scores is entirely optional. If you chose to not submit a GRE score, this will have no bearing on the competitiveness of your application. If you have any questions regarding this process, email (contact person,

Important Dates

The Department offers Fall Admission only through January 3, 2021 - deadline for application to M.A. and Ph.D. program.

If we receive your online application first, it will take 2 weeks after your paper documents are received for them to be processed.

If we receive your paper documents first, it will take 2 weeks after your application is received for your paper documents to be processed.

Please note: The University of Delaware's Graduate Program Application Form is now available online. You can go back to the Application Form page to find out the status of your application.

For new applicants, please see Graduate Office webpage for applicants.

If you have further questions please contact: 

Dr. Ann Bell -Director of Graduate Studies Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice University of Delaware Newark, DE at

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