The focus of graduate education in Sociology at North Dakota State University is directed toward research and the application of research skills. Emphasis is placed on providing master's degree candidates with the opportunity to expand their theoretical and methodological perspectives and to cultivate their interest in substantive areas. Graduate students are encouraged to augment their educational training by engaging in professional activities (i.e., attending professional meetings, participating in research, engaging in public service, and teaching).
Students pursuing a masters degree with a thesis option much complete a minimum of 30 semester credits, including a masters thesis. At least 16 credits must be taken in didactic courses (e.g., these would include NDSU courses numbered 601-689 or 700-789.
Specific course requirements for a masters degree in Sociology are:
- Soc 700, Qualitative Methods
- Soc 701 Quantitative Methods
- Soc 723, Social Theory
- Soc 798, Masters Thesis (up to 8 credits applicable towards 30 credits)
For full consideration for assistantships and tuition waivers, applicants applying for Fall semester entry into the masters program must submit a complete application to the Graduate School by February 15. For full consideration for assistantships and tuition waivers, applicants applying for Spring semester entry into the masters program must submit a complete application to the Graduate School by September 15.
Review of complete applications for full consideration for assistantships and tuition waivers will begin after these deadlines. Applications must be made online through the NDSU Graduate School. Sociology Masters Program and Graduate School application information and procedures can be found on the NDSU Graduate School's web page.
Materials required for the online application to the masters program include:
- A statement of purpose indicating your reasons for pursuing graduate study, specifying your specific research interests/area of focus for study including your background preparation in that area. Mention any relevant skills or experience that you have acquired.
- Three letters of recommendation are required from persons familiar with your academic achievement and future potential.
- International students must also submit one of the following test scores: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), and the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic).
If you have questions about the Sociology Masters, contact Dr. Gary A. Goreham, coordinator of the Sociology Master's Program.