How to Apply

Rice Sociology is eager to welcome applications for our Fall 2024 cohort of Ph.D students! Applications will open September 1, 2023.

Online Application Opens: September 1, 2023

Application Deadline: The Department of Sociology application deadline for the Fall 2024 semester is December 1, 2023.

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. Rice will waive application fees for doctoral applicants who are graduates of institutions in Texas and bordering states Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma and New Mexico or who have a permanent address in these states.

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


For 2024 admission, the Sociology Ph.D. program is GRE-optional. If you would still like to submit your GRE scores as part of your application remember that 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 code for the GRE test is: School code: 6609 Sociology Department code: 2102

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.

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: