PhD in Sociology

Admission Contact Information

Graduate Admissions Coordinator
Holli Lyndora (
312 Middlebush Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
(573) 882-8331

Admission Criteria

Fall deadline: January 25

  • Minimum TOEFL scores:
Internet-based test (iBT) Paper-based test (PBT)
61 Effective July 1, 2015 must have score of 80 500 Effective July 1, 2015 must have score of 550
  • 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

Required Application Materials

To the Office of Graduate Studies:

  • All required Graduate Studies documents

To the Sociology Program:

  • GRE score report
  • Departmental application
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Statement of research interests
  • Copy of Graduate Studies application (needs to be printed out when done online)
  • Copies of transcripts (it is helpful to have unofficial copies sent to the department)
  • One page Application for Financial Support
  • Research paper, master’s thesis, senior thesis, or term paper

Degree Requirements

The PhD program requires a minimum of 30 hours of course work including:
SOCIOL 9187Seminar in Sociological Theory I3
SOCIOL 9487Seminar in Sociological Theory II3
SOCIOL 8120The Logic of Social Research3
SOCIOL 7120Social Statistics (or its equivalent)3
SOCIOL 8130Advanced Social Statistics3
and two seminars in sociological research methods:
SOCIOL 7110Feminist Research and Criticism3
SOCIOL 8187Seminar on Interview Theory and Technique3
SOCIOL 9287Seminar in Qualitative Methods in Sociology3
SOCIOL 9288Ethnographic Fieldwork3
SOCIOL 9687Topical Seminar in Historical Sociology3
plus six courses targeted to the student's specialty interests.

Exams and Research

All students are required to submit a research paper no later than their fourth semester of residence. Students with a Master’s Thesis in sociology can fulfill this requirement as early as their first semester. At least eight months before the date on which they expect to complete the degree, candidates must pass a comprehensive examination centered on two of the five graduate program areas. Students must prepare and successfully defend a dissertation that makes an original contribution to the discipline.

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