The GRE requirement for the Fall 2022 admissions cycle has been suspended due to COVID. Applicants are able to submit scores if they choose to do so, but they will not be required this year.


Dear Prospective Graduate Students:

Thank you for your interest in the PhD program in Sociology at the University of Kentucky.  Please note that we are not currently accepting applications for a terminal master's degree. We have an excellent Department composed of internationally recognized faculty both within our department and in other colleges 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. 

All application materials, including letters of recommendations and required test scores, must be received by January 15 for consideration for the following fall semester. Admission and funding decisions are announced in March. [Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required for admission with at least an average score of the three scores at the 50th percentile, except for Fall 2021 admissions.] International students must also take the TOEFL examination, with a minimum score of 550 (paper based), 213 (computer-based test), or 79 (Internet based) required by the University of Kentucky Graduate School. Please note that these are minimum requirements.

All the documents must be submitted to the online Apply Yourself system. Additional information about applying to the University of Kentucky can be found at the Graduate School website.


Dr. Tony Love, Ph.D. (

Chair of the Admissions Committee for 2022

Materials required for Application

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

  • Curriculum vita or resume
  • Statement of purpose
  • Writing sample
  • Undergraduate/graduate transcripts
  • GRE scores (not required for Fall 2022 admissions)
  • TOEFL/IELTS scores
  • Three recommendation letters
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