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
Thesis option: six credit hours of thesis, 31 credit hours total
Non-thesis option: three credit hours for creative component, 32 credit hours total
Proseminar - one hour
Sociological Theory - three hours
Social Research Methods - six hours
Statistics - three 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 Ph.D.
Access to a variety of accommodations
This includes a fully-equipped graduate student computer lab, office space and
individual desktop computers with printers.
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 three 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 M.S. and Ph.D. 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.