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IMPORTANT NOTES: Our new application deadline is January 15, GRE scores are no longer required to apply to our program.


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 many 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. All applicants are considered for funding and there is not a separate application for funding.

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 by March. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are no longer required for admission. International students must submit English language scores. Please see the University of Kentucky Graduate School website about minimum scores for various tests.

All application documents must be submitted to the online 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 2022-23

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
  • TOEFL/IELTS scores
  • Three recommendation letters