Applicants for Fall 2021: In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are suspending the GRE requirement for this year's admissions cycle. You are welcome to submit GRE, LSAT, or GMAT scores to enhance your application, but they will not be required.

International students are required to either submit TOEFL/IELTS scores or DuoLingo English test scores with subscores if they do not have a degree from a U.S. university already.


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.


Janet P. Stamatel, Ph.D. (

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 -- WAIVED for Fall 2021 admissions

·         TOEFL/IELTS scores

·         3 Recommendation letters

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