WSU School of Graduate Studies
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Sociology and Anthropology
The application process and the admission criteria
Electronic applications may be accessed by contacting the Graduate School
page at the university's web site.
Three letters of recommendation are also required for admission along with official copies of all undergraduate college transcripts. (If the student intends to request a transfer of graduate credits from
another regionally accredited college or university, official copies of those transcripts should also be sent.) The program also requires a personal goals and objectives statement, but the GRE test is not required.
Regular admission to the Program normally requires a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university with a minimum 2.7 (on a
4-point scale) cumulative undergraduate grade point average (or the equivalent from a foreign university).
Students with lower grade point averages may be conditionally admitted upon certain circumstances.
Students approaching their undergraduate graduations may receive provisional admittance. Generally, admitted students have completed their undergraduate degree with a major in a
social science (e.g. sociology or psychology), criminal justice, social work or a related field. Other majors will be considered on a
case-by-case basis, especially when the applicant has work experience in a criminal justice field.
Admission is generally for Fall term, but students wishing to start with program workshops may be
admitted for other terms. The Criminal Justice and Social Problems track admits approximately twenty new students each year. All new students
are required to attend an orientation prior to the start of fall semester. Students who have not completed at least one course within 3 semesters are considered to be in inactive status and, therefore, must reapply for admission. The term "course" includes formal course, independent study, thesis research, continuing registration, etc.