PhD Admissions

We anticipate the application portal for Fall 2022 will open in October, with an application deadline of January 15, 2022.  If you would like to access the online application portal, please visit our website again then for the link.  If you are considering applying to our program, and have questions, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Joshua Bloom ( We are happy to talk with you.

Application Information 

Applicants to the graduate program in sociology at the University of Pittsburgh apply online. The link to the online application will be available **HERE** soon. Your complete application for Fall term 2022 must be received by January 15.

In an effort to reduce financial barriers to attending graduate school, the Kenneth P. Dietrich Graduate School of Arts and Sciences offers application fee waivers. Please note that fee waivers are approved on a case-by-case basis and not all fee waiver requests will be granted.  All requests received will be reviewed and responded to within 48 hours during normal business hours: Monday - Friday 8:30a.m. to 5:00p.m. EST.  To be considered for a fee waiver, Please complete the following fee waiver survey for review:

Application Requirements

The complete application materials include the following:

  • An application form
  • A non-refundable application fee of $75. The Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences grants fee waivers to a select group of applicants. Eligibility and application information will be posted alongside the online application.  Please note, the department does not have the ability to grant waivers, so please do not appeal to staff or faculty; please instead follow the approved process.
  • A personal statement that is 2-3 pages responds to the following questions:
    • Describe your relevant research and real-world experience.
    • What kind of career do you have in mind, and how will being a disciplined sociologist help you meet your goals?
    • How do you evaluate your current proficiency in the discipline, and what sort of training do you imagine will best develop your capacities?
    • What kinds of sociological problems and methods interest you, and what research projects do you imagine developing?
    • What led you to apply to the PhD program in Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh?
  • A sample of written work (e.g., a senior thesis, term paper, or publication) that provides evidence of creative and critical thinking, quality of writing, and potential for engaging in independent research.
  • Three letters of recommendation intended to provide independent evaluation of each applicant's potential. Letters should come from former professors or others who can evaluate your intellectual and academic qualifications for graduate study. Reference writers will submit these forms and letters independently from the application using a link embedded in an e-mail they receive from the online application process.
  • Unofficial copy of transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions you have attended. If non-US citizens, please submit transcripts in the native language accompanied by notarized English translations. The University requires at least a 3.0. GPA. Note: official transcripts will need to be sent if admitted into the program. 


All non-U.S. citizens applying to the graduate program, except for those who have received degrees from a U.S. institution or from other English-speaking countries, must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) as part of their application packet to demonstrate a sufficient command of English to meet the requirements of their field. The minimum scores are 90 for TOEFL (with at least a score of 22 in all of the four sections of speaking, listening, reading, and writing) and 7.0 for IELTS (with at least 6.5 in each of its four sections).

The TOEFL is offered several times each year at sites in the United States and abroad. If not available locally, the annual schedules and other information about the TOEFL can be obtained online or by mail from:
Educational Testing Service (ETS)
TOEFL, Box 6151
Princeton, NJ 08541-6151 USA
(609) 771-7100

NOTE: TOEFL application booklets generally are available at U.S. colleges and universities and at U.S. consulates and U.S. Information Service offices abroad. Foreign students should check with these sources before writing to Princeton.

TOEFL Institution Code: 2927

IELTS official scores should be mailed to:
Graduate Administrator
University of Pittsburgh
2400 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
230 South Bouquet Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Questions about the application process may be addressed to Graduate Administrator, Brian Deutsch.