Graduate Application Process

Applications for Fall 2021: The Sociology Department has officially completed review of the Fall 2021 applications that were completed by the priority application deadline of March 1st. If you are still interested in applying to our program, please consider submitting an application for the Fall 2022 cohort. For questions about the application, please contact Graduate Advisor, Dr. Christina ChinOpens in new window .

We accept applications for Fall semesters only.

CSU Fullerton along with other CSU campuses has switched application platforms to CAL STATE APPLYPDF File Opens in new window .  Students submit all application materials through this online application system.

  • You will fill out an application to the university through CAL STATE APPLYOpens in new window .

  • You will need to submit official copies of your transcripts from ALL of the schools you have attended (your application will be incomplete if you do not submit all transcripts, including attendance at community colleges) to Cal State Fullerton Admissions office.

  • Three letters of recommendation from letter writers who can attest to your academic and work preparation for graduate school in sociology. At least (1) letter (and preferably more) should come from a professor who can attest to your academic work.

  • A writing sample, preferably that shows sociology research writing in the form of a research paper (max 20 pages).

  • A statement of purpose, which is an intellectual biography where you speak to your preparation for a sociology graduate program specifically, where you make a fit between yourself and the department, and where you indicate your areas of interest and research in sociology.

Please visit our Master of Arts AdvisingOpens in new window to schedule an appointment with our graduate advisor.

Please submit your completed application by March 1st. We will begin reviewing applications on March 1st, and we will review late applications if we still have spots available. We will not review applications that are not complete by May 1st.