Program Degree Major Code Admissions
Term Deadline
Doctoral PHD SOCI Fall December 12, 2023
Fall Graduate School Fellowships December 12, 2023 (Recommended)
Director of Graduate Admissions Yong Cai (
Graduate Coordinator Kelsie Taylor (
Address Department of Sociology
CB# 3210, 155 Hamilton Hall
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Phone 919-962-1528
Test Requirements
GRE (general) score within last 5 years
Letters of Recommendation 3
International Applicants Only TOEFL or IELTS score (no more than two years old)
Other Requirements In addition to the University’s required application materials, applicants should review the information below for additional expectations or application requirements.

Statement of Purpose:  Please provide a statement of purpose that describes your reasons for seeking a PhD in Sociology at UNC, your major intellectual interests and career goals, the sort of research and scholarship you hope to pursue, and life experiences that have prepared you for graduate study in Sociology. The statement should not be more than three pages (single-spaced) long.

Writing Sample:  Please provide a sole-authored article-length manuscript that demonstrates your ability to synthesize academic literatures, construct arguments, and evaluate evidence. We prefer an academic paper, research report, or thesis in Sociology or a related field. If you do not have an academic paper to submit, you may submit another substantial piece of professional writing. You may also submit one or two supplementary writing samples, which may be co-authored.

Please indicate which faculty members you would be most interested to work with (a list of Sociology faculty and their areas of research is available at