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Doctorate in Rural Sociology

Admission Criteria

Fall deadline: N/A

  • Minimum GRE score: none set
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 for domestic applicants
  • An undergraduate and/or graduate degree in a social science or equivalent is desirable
  • Basic understanding of statistics

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test Type Total Score Reading Listening Speaking Writing
TOEFL Internet-based 84 17 17 17 17
TOEFL Paper-based 570 52 52 N/A 52
IELTS Academic 6.5 6 6 6 6

Students entering with a bachelor's degree normally are admitted into the master’s program even if they are going on to a PhD, exceptional students may be admitted to the Masters/PhD program. Up to 12 hours of makeup work may be required for students who have less than adequate undergraduate preparation in the social sciences.

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.  
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Rural Sociology Program 

  • Departmental application
  • GRE score report
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Statement of interest

Admission Contact Information

Johnette Blair 
138A Mumford Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
(573) 882-3747