Applicants are expected to have completed at least 12 hours of undergraduate social science courses with an average of B or better.

If you do not meet this requirement, you may be considered for admission by taking additional undergraduate or graduate sociology courses designated by the department. Application material should be submitted at least one month prior to the semester in which the applicant plans to begin graduate work.

Submit the following items to IUP's School of Graduate Studies and Research:

  • Application form: Online version is located at the Graduate Admissions website.
  • Nonrefundable application fee.
  • Two letters of recommendation (professional or academic).
  • Signed, dated statement of career and academic goals.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.

The minimum cumulative grade point average for admission consideration is: 2.6 (on a 4.0 scale) for those whose bachelor's degrees were earned five or fewer years ago; 2.4 (on a 4.0 scale) if the bachelor's degree was earned more than five years ago; or 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) over the last 60 credits earned towards the bachelor's degree. Applicants who do not meet the undergraduate GPA criteria must admit a Miller Analogies Test (MAT) score of at least 395.