I have not taken the required undergraduate prerequisites (SOC 270, SOC 271, and SOC 275) or their equivalents. Do I need to take these courses before applying to the program?
No. However, you will need to take these courses and earn a minimum grade of a C prior to enrolling in our graduate-level courses in theory (SOC 466, Sociological Theory) and quantitative research methods (SOC 471, Quantitative Research Design and Analysis). These courses are taught in the fall semester, so the prerequisites for these courses must be taken prior to arriving on campus in the fall. Prerequisite courses may be taken at any accredited institution. Graduate-level statistics (SOC 440, Intermediate Social Statistics) and qualitative research methods (SOC 472, Qualitative Research Design and Analysis) are always taught in the spring semester.
What is the average number of students in the program?
There are approximately 30-35 students enrolled in the sociology graduate program at any given time. Approximately 15 are on campus and enrolled in coursework (the vast majority are enrolled full-time), with the remainder completing their theses either on or off campus.
What proportion of students receive financial aid?
Nearly all of the full-time graduate students receive financial aid through a Graduate Teaching Assistantship. Assuming the student remains in good standing (i.e., maintains a minimum GPA of at least a 3.0 and is making progress towards the degree), the department is typically able to financially support that student for two academic years. Tuition waivers are also available for students who do not wish to apply for a Graduate Teaching Assistantship.
What is the typical course schedule for a full-time sociology graduate student?
What proportion of students enter a Ph.D. program upon graduation?
Approximately 25% of our students continue into a Ph.D. program. Our graduates have attended Ph.D. programs at the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of New Hampshire, the University of Colorado-Boulder, the University of Minnesota, Colorado State University, Arizona State University, the University of Oregon, the University of California Santa Barbara, and elsewhere. Students who complete their education at the master's level have entered a variety of careers, including teaching at the community college level and working in community development.