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Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice

MA Program

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Requirements for Admission

Students must hold a bachelor's degree with at least a 3.00 average on a 4.00 scale and must have completed at least 12 hours of undergraduate work in sociology or criminal justice, including courses in theory, research methods, and statistics. All students applying for admission to the graduate program are required to take the Graduate Record Examination. Please visit the Educational Testing Service web site for information about the GRE at www.ets.org.

Those who fail to meet one or more of the above requirements may be admitted as provisional students by the graduate program committee, which is composed of faculty members from Old Dominion University.

International Students

Graduate international students on non-immigrant visas whose native language is not English or who have not lived in the U.S. ten years, must provide evidence of English language proficiency through one of the following:

  1. Submission of a TOEFL score of 550 or successful completion of Old Dominion University's Graduate Bridge Program,
  2. Possession of an American Bachelor's or Master's degree equivalent from an accredited institution located in a country where English is the native language.

For more information contact the International Admissions Office.


Students are admitted to the MA in Applied Sociology Program in the Fall.  In order to be considered for admission, the student's application file with the Office of Graduate Admissions must be complete (GRE scores, transcripts, references, etc.) by March 1.  If the student wishes to be considered for a graduate assistantship position, the application and supporting materials must be received by February 15.

All students must submit all original application materials directly to Old Dominion University's Graduate Admissions Office. Students requesting funding (Graduate Assistantship) must submit the Application for Graduate Financial Assistance to the Graduate Program Director.

Request for Application for Admission

Graduate Admissions Application and Information is available at:


If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Applied Sociology Graduate Program Director:

Old Dominion University
Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice
Norfolk, VA 23529