Admissions Requirements


• A BA/BS degree is required with a minimum of 3.00 grade point average.
• A degree in a social science or related field is encouraged but not required.
• The GRE examination is not required for admission but is recommended.

Application Materials

• An online application.
• Official transcripts of prior academic work.
• Two letters of recommendation, at least one of which should be from a reference who can comment meaningfully on your prior academic performance.
• A personal statement of at most 500 words that explains why you are applying to the MA in Applied and Public Sociology program and provides any other information you wish the Admissions Committee to have.
• A resume or curriculum vitae.
• GRE general exam scores: recommended for admission. The Duquesne school code is 2196 and the department code is 2102. Note: Please use the contact information in the left sidebar if the COVID-19 situation prevents you from taking the GRE.
• For international students who do not waive language testing, TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo scores no more than one year old. Note: Please use the contact information in the left sidebar if the COVID-19 situation prevents you from taking language exams.

The Admissions Committee does take your entire application into consideration when making admission decisions. If you have questions about your qualifications, please contact the Graduate Director.

Visit the Graduate School of Liberal Arts application page for more application details and a link to the online application cover sheet. Note that our program does not require a writing sample, only a personal statement.

International Students

For students who do not have an approved waiver of language testing, regular admission to the MSCS program requires language scores of 80 TOEFL (iBT), 6.5 IELTS, or 105 Duolingo English Test. NOTE: If COVID-19 disruptions prevent you from taking language tests, please contact us using the left sidebar information.

International students who have not had language testing waived as well as all international students who are offered teaching assistantships will be required to have their language skills assessed by Duquesne University's English as a Second Language program and, for teaching assistants, the Center for Teaching Excellence. If a student's language skills need to be improved, the student will be required to pay for and successfully complete appropriate English language training courses.

Visit Duquesne's Center for Global Engagement for detailed information about international admissions, international student services, and English language support.

Application Submission Deadlines

• Fall admission: February 1st for full consideration; Rolling admission up to June 30th as space is available.
• Spring admission: July 1st for full consideration; Rolling admission up to November 1st as space is available.
• Graduate assistantship: February 1. (Assistantships are only granted for the year beginning with the fall term).
Admission deadlines are the same for international students as they are for all other students.

Application Process