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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.

Also, if you are graduating with your B.A., do not apply as a Ph.D. student. You have to apply for your Master's first and then when that is completed you can go on to receive your Ph.D. Apply for Ph.D. only if you have your Master's Degree, or if you will be graduating with a Master's Degree before attending our program. Recommended GPA is at least 3.5 and above. Application deadline is January 3, 2019.

Important Dates

The Department offers Fall Admission only through January 3, 2019 - 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 dgurcz@udel.edu

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  • Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice
  • University of Delaware
  • 18 Amstel Avenue, Newark DE 19716, USA
  • Sociology - 322 Smith Hall
  • Phone: 302-831-2581 Fax: 302-831-2607
  • Criminal Justice - 325 Smith Hall
  • Phone: 302-831-1236 Fax: 302-831-0688