Graduate study in sociology focuses on the Doctor of Philosophy. Students are awarded the M.A. as they fulfill requirements for the Ph.D.

The Master of Arts program in sociology requires 30 s.h. of graduate credit with thesis or research paper and 38 s.h. of graduate credit without. The program without thesis is intended for students seeking a terminal degree and for whom a wider range of course content in sociology is appropriate.

All M.A. students must complete the following courses with grades of B-minus or higher.

SOC:5110History of Sociological Theory3
SOC:5160Research Design and Methods3
SOC:6170Introduction to Sociological Data Analysis3
SOC:6180Linear Models in Sociological Research3

Teaching Assistantship Training

All new graduate teaching assistants (TAs) are expected to attend a three-day orientation before classes begin. In addition, SOC:7010 Teaching Sociology is required for students who wish to teach their own courses.

Admission to graduate study in sociology usually requires an undergraduate g.p.a. of at least 3.25 and a score of 300 or higher (total for quantitative and verbal) on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test. Students whose first language is not English should submit scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Applicants also must complete the Graduate College application form, the supplemental sociology department application, and use the department's personal reference forms to obtain three letters of recommendation.

All application materials for fall admission must be received by January 1. The deadline for applying for departmental financial support is January 1. Evaluation of applications begins in early January.

Admission decisions are based on consideration of prior academic performance, personal reference letters, scores on the GRE General Test, and the applicant's statement of reasons for pursuing advanced work in sociology at the University of Iowa. The department has no specific undergraduate course requirements for admission, but a background in the social sciences with some mathematical training is useful. A foreign language is not required for admission, and there is no foreign language requirement for a graduate degree in sociology. To inquire about admission, consult the chair of the admissions committee, Department of Sociology.

The Department of Sociology offers teaching assistantships and research assistantships for graduate students. Students who receive one-half-time teaching or research assistantships work 20 hours each week for faculty members on either teaching or research assignments. Out-of-state students who hold assistantships are assessed tuition at the resident rate. Graduate students also may be eligible for fellowships offered by the Graduate College.

In addition to preparing students for careers in social service, criminal justice, and other areas, this major offers an integrated package of courses, research training, writing enhancement, international perspective, and internships to provide graduates with impressive credentials. The degree also prepares students for graduate or professional study in areas such as social work, urban and regional planning, law, criminal justice, and social policy. Teaching positions in colleges or universities and research positions in academic, private, and governmental organizations often require advanced degrees in sociology.

The Pomerantz Career Center offers multiple resources to help students find internships and jobs.