Prospective applicants are encouraged to communicate with CCC faculty via phone and/or e-mail and secure answers to any questions they might have regarding the program. When feasible, a face-to-face meeting may be arranged.

Applicants should submit Online Application to Graduate Programs by January 5th. Be sure to select one of the three areas (Sociology, Social Work, or Urban Studies) under "specialization." Shortly after the January 5th deadline for admission, your file will be reviewed and you will be notified as to whether it is complete or incomplete.

Admissions Matrix

Admission to the CCC Program is highly selective and based on a matrix assessment that takes the following elements into account.

1.  Applicant’s undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) record

  • Required minimum: an undergraduate degree from an accredited university
  • Recommended GPA: 3.0 minimum (on a 4.0 scale)

2.  Graduate Record Exam (GRE) (taken within past 5 years)

  • Recommended minimum: combined score of 1200 on the prior scale.  A score of 600 on the prior scale for the Verbal Reasoning Exam, for example, accords with a score of 160 on the recently implemented scale; likewise, a score of 600 on the prior scale for the Quantitative Reasoning Exam accords with a score of 148 on the new scale. For the concordance table (2013) relating the prior scale to the current scale, see

3.  International students only: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

  • Required minimum: 600 (paper version); 120 (computer based version); or 95 (Internet based version).
  • Applicants who have undergraduate or graduate degrees from universities where English is the language of instruction, testing, and evaluation are excepted from providing TOEFL test scores.

4.  Academic and/or professional recommendations

5.  If applicable, employment and other relevant experiences, including any relevant courses that did not result in degree credit