The sociology program has offered the MS degree since 1927 and a doctorate degree since 1957. Over the last two decades, the program has graduated an average of 5 to 6 MS and 2 to 3 PhD students each year. Our students have gone on to become community planners, statisticians, analysts, monitoring and evaluation specialists, program directors, teachers, researchers, counselors, and professors. Recent graduates have secured jobs at the Utah Department of Health, NYC Department of Health, the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, international monitoring agencies, and colleges and universities such as Colorado State University, Tennessee State University, and University of North Carolina at Pembroke. See a list of our current graduate students to read more about their research interests.
A hallmark of our graduate training includes deep training in social theory and sociological research methods (both qualitative and quantitative), an overarching focus on issues of social change and inequality, sustained personal interaction between faculty and students, and substantive in-depth graduate training in three specific specialty areas.
The School of Graduate Studies at USU is among the top three percent of higher education institutions in the country, lauded for its research opportunities and academic rigor. Graduate students in the Sociology program enjoy small classes and individualized mentoring from nationally and internationally recognized faculty members.
Students may apply to the doctoral program, a master's program or to a bachelors to PhD (no MS required) program. Our concentrations are in Environment and Community, Demography and Health, and Social Inequality. Although the department does not offer a graduate degree in statistics or geography, students can make it a significant part of their graduate work by taking courses outside the program. Likewise, Sociology graduate students may consider participating in the Climate Adaptation Science Graduate Training Program as a minor specialization area.
For more information on a specific program, click one of the program links below or fill out the form at the right, and the DGS will reach out to you.
Please note: To be considered for funding, applicants must submit the application and all supporting material by December 20. Late applications will be considered until April 1.
E. (Eddy) Helen Berry
Master's of Science (M.S)This degree is focused on foundation courses in sociological theory, research methods and statistics, and a set of electives consistent with a student's career goals. The program requires a minimum of 30 credit hours, at least half of which are taken in Sociology. Successful defense of a research-based master's thesis is required for graduation.
M.S. Degree Requirements
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)The Ph.D. is available to students who have already completed a master's degree in sociology or a related field. Doctoral students take general coursework in sociological methods and seminars in theory & research in inequality and social change. A single written comprehensive exam is required in one of the three department specialty areas. Graduation requires 48-51 credits of post-master's coursework (up to 24 of which can be dissertation credits) and successful defense of a research-based doctoral dissertation.
Ph.D. Degree Requirements
Bachelor to Ph.D.The B.A. to Ph.D. is available on a selective basis to highly qualified students with a strong sociology background who have completed the bachelor's degree. Students are required to complete 69 credits of post-bachelor's degree coursework, which will include general coursework in sociological methods and seminars in theory & research in inequality and social change. They will be expected to complete a written comprehensive exam in one of three department specialty areas.
B.A. to Ph.D Degree Requirements