Application Information

The Department of Sociology and Criminology at the University of Arkansas is delighted that you are interested in graduate study in our department. Our MA program is student-centered and rigorous, designed to provide substantive depth and training in quantitative and qualitative research skills. We offer two tracks for the MA program, one that concentrates in general sociology and one in criminology.


February1: Early admission and full consideration for assistantship (see below for assistantship information)

May 15: Regular admission; assistantships may still be awarded under the regular admission deadline

Application Requirements

The Graduate Committee considers a number of factors when admitting students to the program, including academic record, promise and commitment to graduate study. An application to our program consists of the following:

  • At least two, preferably three, letters of recommendation from people who can judge the applicant's academic potential as a graduate student
  • A sample of written academic work (i.e., a research paper)
  • One page statement in which the applicant discusses the educational objectives sought to accomplish by entering our graduate program
  • Recent GRE score

Admissions applications are completed through the graduate school and all materials should be uploaded through the graduate school admissions portal.

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In addition to the scholarships and fellowships offered by the Graduate School, a number of graduate assistantships are available in the Department. Assistantships differ in terms of purpose and source of funds and therefore may have different assignments. Assistants spend 20 hours per week helping faculty members with research, teaching, and other tasks. Students who are awarded graduate assistantships also receive tuition waivers.

Also, research assistantships may be awarded to graduate students on a competitive basis. Graduate students awarded these assistantships are typically involved in the research projects conducted under the auspices of the Center for Social Research, the Community and Family Institute (CFI) and The Terrorism Research Center

Students must be admitted to the Graduate School before they can be considered for an assistantship. 

Download an Assistantship Application 

Shauna Morimoto, Ph.D.

Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice
229 Old Main
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR  72701