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

Learning Goals that students in this program are expected to meet include:

  1. Demonstrate comprehensive understanding of scholarly literature in the one of the department’s program areas.
  2. The ability to articulate research objectives (e.g., form testable hypotheses) that, when met, will lead to meaningful contributions to the field of sociology.
  3. Conduct qualitative and/or quantitative research using appropriate methods of acquisition, analysis, and reporting of data.
  4. The ability to interpret research results appropriately and integrate them into the existing knowledge in the discipline.
  5. The ability to clearly and accurately communicate research findings orally and in writing, including in conference presentations, peer-reviewed scientific journals, and/or in the classroom.
  6. Conduct scholarship, in teams or with independence, in ways that consistently demonstrate ethical practice and professionalism.

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. The GRE requirement is waived for Fall 2022 admission.

Program Requires GRE: No

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 a writing sample (either a copy of a completed Master's thesis, or other work if the student is applying without a completed Master's degree or directly with a Bachelor's degree). 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
PTE 53
Duolingo 105

Program Will Review Without TOEFL or IELTS: No

Financial Statement: Application

Mailing Address if needed:

Sociology Grad Admissions Secretary
103 East Hall
510 Farm House Lane
Department of Sociology
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-1054