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Doctorate in Sociology

Admission Criteria

Fall deadline: January 15

  • Minimum GRE score: case-by-case
  • 15 hours of undergraduate sociology with a grade of B or better, including one course in sociological theory and a basic statistics course

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test Type Total Score Reading Listening Speaking Writing
TOEFL Internet -based 80 17 17 17 17
TOEFL Paper-based 550 52 52 N/A 52
IELTS Academic 6.5 6 6 6 6

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 Sociology Program

  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • GRE score report
  • Statement of research interests
  • Copies of transcripts (it is helpful to have unofficial copies sent to the department)
  • Research paper, master’s thesis, senior thesis or term paper
  • Sociology supplemental information (built into the Graduate Studies online application)

Admission Contact Information

Holli Carr
312 Middlebush Hall
Columbia, MO 65211