Rural Sociology


Program Information:

Program Statement:
    At ISU we are dedicated to your success as a graduate student. The graduate program in rural sociology provides an 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.
Degrees Offered:
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
  • Master of Science (M.S.)
Area(s) of Emphasis:
  • Agriculture & Development
  • Criminology & Criminal Justice
  • Social & Economic Disparities
Program Handbook(s):
Learning Goals:
  • Demonstrate comprehensive understanding of scholarly literature in the one of the department’s program areas.
  • The ability to articulate research objectives (e.g., form testable hypotheses) that, when met, will lead to meaningful contributions to the field of sociology.
  • Conduct qualitative and/or quantitative research using appropriate methods of acquisition, analysis, and reporting of data.
  • Demonstrate the ability to interpret research results appropriately and integrate them into the existing knowledge in the discipline.
  • Demonstrate 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.
  • Conduct scholarship, in teams or with independence, in ways that consistently demonstrate ethical practice and professionalism.
How long does it take to earn a degree?
  • Median time to earn the doctorate: No data
  • Median time to earn the master’s: 2.3 years (Methods)

Program Contact:

Contact: Rachel Burlingame
Phone: 515-294-2506
E-mail Address:

Mailing Address:

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

Admission Requirements:

Graduate College Requirements:
  • 4 year Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent)
  • Academic Records/Transcripts
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA (Program may alter requirement.)
  • Proof of English Proficiency.
Program Specific Requirements:
  • Due to budget constraints and anticipated program revisions, we will not be admitting new students for AY 2024 or AY 2025.
  • Program Requires GRE: Yes
  • Program Requires GMAT: No
  • Program Will Review Without TOEFL or IELTS: No
International Requirements:
  • Financial Statement: Application
  • English Proficiency Minimum:
    TOEFL Paper (PBT) 600
    TOEFL Internet (iBT) 100
    IELTS 6.5
    PTE 53
    Duolingo (approved through spring 2025) 105

Application Information:

Application Deadlines:
    Due to budget constraints and anticipated program revisions, we will not be admitting new students for AY 2024 or AY 2025.
Application Details:
    This program is open to domestic and international students.

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