Applying to the Ph.D. Program

Prospective students must apply using the online application.


  • A statement of academic purpose
    • The statement should be 1,000 words in length (roughly 4 pages, double-spaced).
  • A personal statement
    • The Personal Statement (maximum of 1,000 words) should describe how your personal experiences and history will allow you to contribute to the wealth of perspectives in the entering class of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and in the Columbia community at large. We are committed to admitting candidates with a wide diversity of experiences and perspectives to our program.
  • A sample of scholarly writing
    • The sample should be 15-20 pages in length, exclusive of the bibliography or references, and should demonstrate your academic writing ability. It need not be a sociological study or document, although we prefer to see your social scientific writing.
  • Letters of recommendation from academic or professional sources
  • Transcripts of all previous post-secondary education 
  • A curriculum vitae or résumé
  • GRE scores
    • The GRE General Test is required for the doctoral program application; GRE Subject Tests not required. 
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores
  • Payment of the application fee

The deadline for applying to the Ph.D. program is 11:59pm ET on Thursday January 4, 2024.

For additional information about application components and policies, please see the GSAS website