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. 

Virtual Open House

The Department will be holding a virtual open house on November 10th from 6:30 to 7:30pm (mountain time). Click for our flyer.

This is a great opportunity for interested applicants to learn more about our program. For more information and to RSVP, click here.

Application Deadlines

Completed applications submitted by January 15th will receive priority consideration for admittance.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis through April 15th, as long as spots remain. However, there is no guarantee that we will have space remaining after the priority deadline.  Thus, to ensure the highest likelihood for admission, applicants are encouraged to submit their materials by the January 15th priority deadline.

Application Deadlines


Priority Deadline

Deadline Without Funding

Fall Term only 

January 15th

April 15th - ON HOLD; please check with the department


Funding: Our graduate students receive a full funding package that includes a graduate assistantship (GA) stipend, full tuition, and health insurance. The GA position requires work up to 20 hours per week with one or more faculty members or instructors.

How to Apply

APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE VIA THE FOLLOWING ADDRESS: You will need to upload the following materials to the online application.   Note: These materials include unofficial transcripts. Students must also submit official transcripts separately (see instructions below)    

1. Applicant Demographic Form: Fill out the form found here and upload under the special requirements on the online application. (Your response to these questions is voluntary).

2. 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

3. 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.
  • Your research interests and which of the four department specialties these interests best align with:
    • Crime, Law, and Social Control
    • Sociology of Health & Medicine
    • Race & Ethnicity
    • Social Movements
  • Your reasons for seeking a graduate degree in Sociology.
  • If there are any weaknesses in the application file, such as poor grades or lack of previous sociological coursework, you should address them.

4. 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. The online application system will automatically contact your recommenders so that they can confidentially upload the letters.

5. One Writing Sample of approximately 5 - 15 pages in length. The sample 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.

 6. Unofficial Transcripts (from each academic institution attended)

Official Transcripts

In addition to the unofficial transcripts submitted on the online application, all applicants must submit official transcriptsOfficial transcripts from each institution should be sent directly to the department at the address below. Electronic transcripts can be sent directly from the institution to  Applicants will not be officially admitted to the program until these are received.

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 87131-0001

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

Office of International Admissions

There are additional university-wide admissions requirements for international students (see here). For questions regarding these requirements please contact their office directly at

Please see the links below for more information on our graduate program. You may contact the Graduate Director, Dr. Owen Whooley (, or the Coordinator of Graduate Academic Advisement, Shoshana Handel (; 505.277.2501) with questions.

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