At ISU we are dedicated to your success as a graduate student. The graduate program in sociology provides award-winning education. Graduate students in sociology develop the capability for original and creative research. Students engage in either independent or group research under the direction of faculty members. Preparation for the graduate degree is not confined to formal class work and activity on research projects. Students also work toward intellectual independence while developing an integrated grasp of the field. We encourage you to explore.

Doctoral Degrees Offered: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Master Degrees Offered: Master of Science (M.S.)

Online Degrees: None

Area(s) of Emphasis (for program use only): Agriculture & Development; Criminology & Criminal Justice; Social & Economic Disparities

Doctoral Degree Outcomes

Master's Degree Outcomes

Career Placement Outcomes

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Contact: Rachel Burlingame
Phone: 515-294-2506
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ISU-wide: Academic Records, GPA, Statement of Purpose, Letters of Recommendation

Application Deadlines: January 10 for Fall enrollment (this includes current ISU student applicants). The Sociology program no longer admits students during Spring term.

Program Requires GRE: Yes

Program Requires GMAT : No

The Sociology Graduate Program requires at least 2 (preferably 3) letters of recommendation to be submitted as part of the online application.
Ph.D. applicants must submit copy of Master's thesis. NOTE: Master's students applying to the PhD program who have not yet completed their Thesis at the time of their application should submit another relevant writing sample. Upload as Supplemental Document or Email to Rachel Burlingame.
Optional material: All applicants are invited to submit a writing sample (research paper, creative component paper, etc). Upload as Supplemental document or Email to Rachel Burlingame.

Additional International Requirements:

English Proficiency Minimum:

TOEFL Paper (PBT) 600
TOEFL Internet (iBT) 100
IELTS 6.50
PTE 53

Program Will Review Without TOEFL or IELTS: No

Financial Statement: Application