Here are answers to some of our most frequently asked questions. If you don't see your question answered here, feel free to contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Prof. Brian Dill firstname.lastname@example.org
We do not offer a terminal MA degree. All of our students are admitted with the expectation that they will work towards the PhD. Those entering the program without an MA in Sociology will have the opportunity to earn an MA as they work towards PhD. All students should apply to the PhD program, even if they do not hold an MA.
The GRE exam is optional.
All international degree-seeking applicants are required to submit the results of an accepted test as evidence of English proficiency unless they qualify for an exemption. More information can be found at the Graduate College’s website: https://grad.illinois.edu/admissions/instructions/04c
Complete applications include the following:
Complete Graduate College Online Application [Departmental Code: 10KS0344PhD]
Personal Statement (500 words)
Statement of Purpose (750 words)
Three recommendations letters (can upload these at Apply yourself)
GRE scores are optional
Yes. In addition to the application materials noted above, international applicants also need to provide the following:
• Proof of English proficiency (see #3 above)
• English Translations of all non-English Transcripts
• Certificate of Degree (including English Translations)
• Declaration and Certification of Finances
• International Student Verification Form (processed within Apply Yourself)
Application fee waivers are granted on a competitive basis. To apply for an application fee waiver, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies. Requests should include the Personal Statement, which should explain (in 500 words or fewer):
Your academic background, intellectual interests, and any training, research, or other experiences that have prepared you for graduate study;
How the graduate program at the University of Illinois would help you achieve your intellectual goals;
Any specific faculty members, if applicable, whose research interests align with your own interests; and
Your professional goals.
All students admitted to the graduate program are offered five years of financial support (typically a 50% graduate assistantship). This includes a monthly stipend and a waiver of full tuition and some fees.
All students take a one-semester Teaching Practicum during the second semester of their first year. Students are encouraged, and opportunities are provided, for students to teach at least two courses before they graduate.
You can apply with any undergraduate degree.
Admissions decisions are made by a faculty committee. Most admissions decisions are made by the first week of January.
All incoming students must start in the fall.
The average time to degree is seven years. But many students finish in five or six years.
By the nationally imposed April 15 deadline, however it is helpful for us to receive your decision as soon as you’ve made it.
The vast majority of our graduates obtain academic positions. However, some work as researchers in government agencies, in the private sector, and for nonprofits. For more information about placements, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies.