How to Apply to the Sociology Graduate Program

Thank you for your interest in our graduate program. Our department offers students a wide range of areas of study in a friendly and supportive environment. The graduate program generally has around 50 students in-residence at any given time.

Application Deadlines

Applicants must submit their application by the posted deadlines in order to be considered for admission.

Application Deadlines


With a TA/GA*

Without a TA/GA

Fall 2014

January 15*

April 15th

* Admitted students will be considered for a Teaching Assistantship/Graduate Assistantship.

Application Instructions

All applicants must submit the following material by the deadline in order to be considered for admission:

(For a downloadable checklist of these instructions, please click here.)

1. a) Domestic applicants:

      • Complete the UNM graduate school application found here:

1. b) International Applicants only:

2. Material to be Submitted to the University:

  • Submit $50 application fee (it can either be paid as part of the above listed online application or it can be via phone at 505-277-5363).
  • Send official, original, sealed copies of all transcripts to:

The University of New Mexico
Office of Admissions
P.O. Box 4895
Albuquerque, NM 87196-4895

3. Material to be Submitted to the Department:

    Department Mailing Address

    US Postal Mailing Address

    FedEx/DHL/UPS Shipping Address

    UNM Sociology Department
    Attn: Sociology Graduate Committee
    MSC05 3080
    1 University of New Mexico
    Albuquerque, NM 87131-001

    UNM Sociology Department
    Attn: Sociology Graduate Committee
    1915 Roma NE Ste. 1103
    Albuquerque NM 87131-0001


  • A resume or curriculum vitae. Please include your contact information at the top and all relevant information regarding the following:
      • Degrees earned and in progress;
      • Academic research experience;
      • Teaching or grading experience;
      • Work experience;
      • Publications;
      • Awards, honors, or Professional memberships
  • Unofficial copies of transcripts from each institution attended.
  • A letter of intent that clearly and concisely describes your academic background and interests. Please ensure the letter touches on the following topics:
    • The letter should include professional experience, objectives, and any other factors bearing upon qualifications for graduate work in Sociology.
    • Your reasons for applying to this particular program.
    • Indicate which of the five department specialties are of most interest to you:
        • Crime, Law, and Social Control;
        • Sociology of Health & Medicine;
        • Race & Ethnicity;
        • Social Movements;
        • Comparative Sociology
    • Your reasons for seeking a graduate degree in Sociology.
    • If there are any weaknesses in the application file, such as poor grades, lack of previous Sociological coursework, or low GRE scores, you should address them.
  • Three letters of recommendation from academic references that address your past academic performance, including analytical abilities and potential for success in graduate studies. If you request a letter from a professional reference, the letter should address analytical abilities and professional qualifications relevant to Sociological areas of study. Please ensure references include a completed cover form.
  • Two writing samples of approximately 5 - 15 pages in length. The samples may be a previously submitted term paper or an original essay. This requirement provides the applicant with the opportunity to demonstrate research and analytical abilities.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required and should be sent to the Testing and Data Management Division of the University of New Mexico (Institutional code 4845). Applicants should use the area studies code (2102) listed under departmental codes for UNM. Applicants should also send a photocopy of the scores to the Sociology Department.

Please see the links below for more information on our graduate program. You may contact the graduate advisor, Dr. Christopher Lyons (; 505.277.2501), or the academic advisor, Natalie Rowe (; 505.277.2501) with questions.

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