The Illinois State University Master’s Degree Program in Sociology emphasizes in-depth study of sociological theory, quantitative and qualitative research methods, and statistical analysis, while also offering advanced seminars in substantive areas in sociology as a foundation for graduate students’ original research projects.
Every student writes a master’s thesis as the capstone requirement of the program. Students are prepared to enter Ph.D. programs or embark upon a career where they will use the knowledge, advanced research skills, and enhanced writing, critical thinking, and oral communication abilities gained in the master’s degree program.
Career Options with a Master's Degree in Sociology
Alumni of our master’s degree program have gone on to successful careers in many fields, including:
Nonprofit, service, and government organizations
University-level or community college teaching
Careers in business and industry
Our alumni have been accepted to Ph.D. programs at many universities, such as the University of Chicago, University of Illinois, Indiana University, University of Minnesota, University of Oregon, University of California-Santa Barbara, and others.