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Master's in Sociology 

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

This includes a fully-equipped graduate student computer lab, office space, and individual desktop computers with printers.


Research and Faculty


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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.



  • Resume/CV
  • Names and email addresses for 3 references (recommendation letters)
  • Personal statement (2-3 pages)
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Writing sample

Test Scores:

  • GRE required
  • TOEFL scores required for international applicants who aren't native English speakers

Application Deadlines:

  • 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.



Assistantships and Scholarships

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