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We are often asked about how we make admissions decisions. Since we look at each case individually, it is difficult to make meaningful generalizations or to speak about average test scores or GPAs. Nonetheless, it is true that many of our admitted applicants have GRE scores in the top deciles, and all have very strong letters of recommendation and personal statements that evidence a good sense of fit with our department’s areas of research strength. Although a formal background in sociology is not a requirement for admissions, many of our incoming students do enter our program with Masters’ degrees in sociology or other related fields, and certainly a solid background in the social sciences and clear sense of direction is essential for early success. Our program requirements have been recently redeveloped to best prepare students for the competitive realities of the academic, public, and private sector job markets.

Ph.D. Program

The application process begins September 1st and ends December 15th. For admission requirements, please visit the Graduate School. Specific inquiries not covered by the Ph.D. Program FAQ can be directed to the Director of Graduate Studies, Scott Frickel at socgradprogram@brown.edu.

Master's of Social Analysis and Research Program

The application process begins September 1st and ends March 1st. For admissions requirements, please visit the Graduate School. Specific inquiries not covered in the MSAR FAQ can be directed to the Associate Director of Masters of Social Analysis and Research, Carrie Spearin at socgradprogram@brown.edu.

5th-Year Master's of Social Analysis and Research Program

The application process begins September 1st. The committee reviews applications on a rolling basis beginning March 1st and ending on May 31st. Applications must be received before completion of the undergraduate degree requirements. Specific inquiries not covered in the 5th-year MSAR FAQ can be directed to the Associate Director of Masters of Social Analysis and Research, Carrie Spearin at socgradprogram@brown.edu.

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For information on applying to Graduate School here at Brown, you may e-mail Admission_Graduate@brown.edu or call them at (401) 863-2600.