Master's Degree in Sociology

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Welcome to the Master's Program in Sociology

We offer a dynamic and comprehensive Master's program in Sociology that equips students with the skills, knowledge, and critical thinking abilities necessary to excel in the field of sociology.  With a Master's degree in Sociology from NDSU, you'll be well-prepared for diverse career paths. Graduates have pursued careers in academia, research institutions, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and the private sector. Whether you aspire to teach, conduct research, shape public policy, or work in various other sociological fields, our program equips you with the skills and knowledge to excel.

Why Choose NDSU for Your Master's in Sociology?

Expert Faculty

Our dedicated and experienced faculty members are experts in a wide range of sociological subfields, ensuring that you receive high-quality instruction and mentorship.

Research Opportunities

NDSU provides numerous research opportunities, allowing students to engage in meaningful projects and gain hands-on experience in sociology.

Interdisciplinary Approach

We embrace an interdisciplinary perspective, enabling you to explore connections between sociology and other disciplines.



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For full consideration for admission, assistantships and tuition waivers, a complete application must be submitted to the Graduate School by February 1st. All applications are considered for a Fall semester start date.

 Materials required for the online application to the master's program include:

  • Transcripts
  • A statement of purpose indicating your reasons for pursuing graduate study, specifying your specific research interests/area of focus for study, and your background preparation in that area. Mention any relevant skills or experience that you have acquired and which faculty you wish to work with
  • 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 additional questions regarding the master's program, contact Dr. Kristen Fellows, Graduate Committee Coordinator


Degree requirements

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 789 Masters Thesis (up to 8 credits applicable towards 30 credits)
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