How to Apply

After careful deliberation, Rice Sociology has decided not to admit PhD students for the 2021 academic year. This decision will allow us to focus our time, energy, and resources on our current students. We intend to enthusiastically recruit a 2022 entering cohort of students.

Online Application Opens: September 1, 2019

Application Deadline: The Department of Sociology application deadline for the Fall 2019 semester is December 1, 2019.

Students applying for admission to our Ph.D. program are asked to submit the following:

1. A completed application form.

Apply at Rice University's Sociology Online Application

2. Application fee

The application fee is $85.00. The application fee can be paid through the online graduate application. Applications can be processed only after the application fee is received.

3. Official transcript.

You must provide an official, confidential transcript. An official transcript must be in a sealed envelope and sent directly to the Department of Sociology.

Mail the transcript to:

Rice University
Department of Sociology-MS 28
PO Box 1892
Houston TX 77251


Rice University requires all applicants to provide GRE (Graduate Record Examination) General Test scores. The scores must not be more than five years old, and an official copy must be sent to Rice University directly from the Educational Testing Service. Personal copies are not acceptable. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of any student whose native language is not English, regardless of whether or not you have attended another U.S. institution. Your score must not be more than two years old and an official copy must be sent to the Graduate School directly from ETS. Students must score at least 600 on the paper-based TOEFL or score at least 90 on the internet-based TOEFL. For students who choose to take the IELTS in lieu of TOEFL, the minimum score is 7.

The code for the GRE test is: School code: 6609 Sociology Department code: 2102

5. Letters of recommendation.

Three letters of recommendation are required for admission.

6. Writing sample.

Applicants are required to submit a sample of their best writing. This might be an undergraduate course paper or research term paper. The writing sample may be from any discipline. And while there is no official limit on the length of writing samples, most submissions are between 10 and 30 pages in length.

7. Statement of Purpose.

In addition to the writing sample, applicants must submit a statement of purpose of between 2-4 pages in length. This statement should explain why the applicant is a good fit for the program as well as possible research interests and professional goals.

Other Requirements

Rice University's Office of International Students & Scholars (OISS) provides comprehensive information about studying in the United States - visa requirements, etc. Please visit the Office of International Student Services (OISS) Web site for more information.

Apply Online at Rice University's Sociology Online Application .

The deadline for sending completed applications to the department is December 1. Rice will send a notification of acceptance no later than April 1.

For inquires regarding the GRE or TOEFL exams, contact:

Educational Testing Service
Rosedale Road
Princeton, NJ 08541 USA
609-921-9000 or

For all other application questions, contact: