The Department of Sociology graduate programs emphasize the fundamentals of sociological
inquiry (i.e. theory, methods and statistics) combined with specialty areas within
the field. As a graduate student, you can specialize in a combination of areas, including
Crime and Deviance, Environmental Sociology, Social Inequality, Social Movements,
and Social Psychology.
Thesis option: 6 credit hours of thesis, 31 credit hours total
Non-thesis option: 3 credit hours for creative component, 32 credit hours total
Proseminar - 1 hour
Sociological Theory - 3 hours
Social Research Methods - 6 hours
Statistics - 3 hours (SOC 5263 or equivalent)
Additional Sociology Courses
*Note: Students on the non-thesis track will be given low priority for department
funding. In addition, students on this track will not be considered for the PhD program
in sociology at OSU.
Access to a variety of accommodations
including a fully-equipped graduate student computer lab, office space, and individual
desktop computers with printers.
Research and Faculty
Our department is large enough to include faculty expertise in several substantive
sub-areas of sociology, yet small enough to generate intimate graduate seminars and
primary relationships between faculty members and graduate students. Our faculty have
received national grants, published books, contributed research articles to internationally
recognized journals, and served as editors and advisory board members for national
and international journals.
Names and email addresses for 3 references (recommendation letters)
Personal statement (2-3 pages)
TOEFL scores required for international applicants who aren't native English speakers
Oct. 15 (Spring admission, with or without funding opportunity upon program acceptance)
Feb. 1 (Fall admission, with funding opportunity upon program acceptance)
April 1 (Fall admission, no request for funding)
Cost & Assistance
Teaching and research assistantships are available to MS and PhD students. Assistantships
provide a tuition waiver and a stipend. Up to two years of half-time support (20 hrs/week)
as a teaching or research assistant is available to master's candidates and up to
four years of half-time support (20 hrs/week) is available to doctoral candidates.