How to Apply

We look forward to receiving your application. Please note that all application materials are due by December 1st. We admit students for the fall semester only.

All applicants (domestic and international) must submit the following:

Complete Graduate College Online Application  [Departmental Code: 10KS0344PhD]

Personal Statement (500 words):

  • 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.

Statement of Purpose (750 words) Please use the Academic Statement of Purpose to describe (within 750 words) the substantive scholarly questions you are interested in exploring in graduate study. Your statement should respond to the following questions:

  • What social phenomenon would you like to study?
  • Why are you interested in this topic?
  • What methodological skills do you anticipate that you will need to study it?
  • Why might the results of such a study be important?


Three recommendations letters (can upload these at Apply yourself) change?

GRE scores are optional

International applicants have additional requirements:
  • Proof of English proficiency (More information can be found at the Graduate College’s website:
  • 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)