Sociology Graduate Admission

Dear Prospective Graduate Students*:


Thank you for your interest in the PhD program in Sociology at the University of Kentucky.  We have an excellent Department composed of eighteen graduate faculty and approximately 30 graduate students in residence.  In addition, there are 11 graduate faculty members in other colleges who are affiliated with our program. Our program emphasizes preparing graduate students for a variety of career options in academic and applied settings by building foundational sociological knowledge and skills and providing professional development opportunities.

New full-time students are admitted only for the fall semester. Financial assistance is available in the form of teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and university fellowships. The number of assistantships available to students varies from year to year.  It is highly competitive.

To be considered for University fellows and departmental funding (e.g., teaching or research assistantships), all materials, including letters of recommendations and required test scores, must be received by January 15 for the upcoming fall semester. Admission and funding decisions are announced by late March or early April. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required for admission with at least an average score of the three scores at the 50th percentile. International students must also take the TOEFL examination, with a minimum score of 550 (213 on the computer-based test) required by the Graduate School.

All the documents must be submitted to the online Apply Yourself system.  Online application materials will go through the following link at that point:

You can find instructions regarding other application materials required for admission to our program on the “Materials Required for Application” link.

Please let me know if additional information is needed about the program, university, the Lexington community and/or the application process.  I am glad to arrange a campus visit upon request.  I can be contacted via e-mail at or by phone at (859) 257-6069.



Ana Liberato

Director of Graduate Studies

Materials required for Application

Below are the materials you need to upload to the Apply Yourself after you fill out the Online Application Form:

·         Statement of purpose

·         Writing sample

·         Undergraduate/graduate transcripts

·         GRE scores

·         TOEFL/IELTS scores

·         3 Recommendation letters

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