Graduate Degree Program Summary
Graduate programs offered
Earn a Graduate Degree
- MA in Sociology (30-34 cr, Option I only) with optional specialization:
- PhD in Sociology (90 cr) with optional specialization:
Areas of Study
These informal areas of focus may help to shape your course of study but they will not appear on transcripts.Areas of Strength
- Family and the Life Course
- Social Inequality (Race, Class and Gender)
- Mental and Physical Health
- Survey and Quantitative Methodologies
- Network Theory and Methods
- Sexuality and Culture
- Sociology of Religion
- Social Psychology
Online and Distance OpportunitiesSome online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.
Application checklist and deadlines
1. Required by Graduate Studies
Submit these items as part of the standard steps to admission.
2. Required by Sociology
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- Entrance exam(s): GRE
- Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 79, IELTS 6.5
- Three letters of recommendation
- Letter of intent
- Writing sample
When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, UNL's institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.
Application Deadlines for Sociology
- January 15 for Fall.
Application/admission is for entry in a specific term and year. UNL's academic year is divided into 3 terms: Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (multiple sessions May-August). Some UNL programs accept new students only in certain terms and/or years; if your desired entry term isn't mentioned here, you may want to consult the department for clarification.
The Department of Sociology provides a unique opportunity to work with a strong group of active research scholars in the following areas: family and the life course; inequality (race, class and gender); physical and mental health.
UNL sociology has a strong culture of graduate student mentoring. Graduate students work with faculty in the classroom and on individual research projects. Additional research resources include: major data sets that provide students with opportunities to do independent or collaborative research; outstanding survey research and statistics training; excellent computer facilities; strong ties to the Bureau of Sociological Research (BOSR) and the Survey Research and Methods Program (SRAM); and a long history of substantial grant support from a range of federal research agencies (currently NIH, NSF, NIMH, NIDA). Graduate students also receive formal teacher training and have opportunities to obtain considerable teaching experience. Our supportive and cooperative environment helps students to fully develop as research scholars and educators.
UNL sociology promotes a sense of collegiality and community with a colloquium series (i.e., several research presentations throughout the academic year). We also strive for a diverse group of faculty and students. We have earned the national "SWS Seal of Excellence" for department climate that is welcoming to women and gender scholars, the UNL Chancellor's Commission on People of Color Department Award of Excellence, and the Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women Award as well, for our outreach and achievement in these arenas. Eight of our faculty members teach courses affiliated with Women's and Gender Studies and the Ethnic Studies Department.
Cost of attendanceCost differs from one student to another. For details see Tuition, Fees, and Funding or try our Cost Estimator.
Courses and MoreAdmitted students will choose courses from the Course Catalog, typically in:Steps to Degree Completion.
Faculty and research
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Sociology of Mass Media; Political Sociology
Shifting Sociological Inquiry from a Focus on Marginal Identities to Those That are Socially Normative and Privileged, Particularly Addressing the Impact of Digital Media on Heterosexuality, Gender, and Conservative Christianity
Family; Quantitative Methods; Social Network Analysis
Race & Ethnicity; Urban Education; Immigration; Ethnography
Social Network Analysis; Public Health; Community-Based Participatory Research
Mental Health; Social Psychology; Gender & Work; Social Network Analysis
Mental & Physical Health; Stratification; Family; Race & EthnicityGraduate Chair
Quantitative Methods; Mental Health; Crime & Deviance; Family
Sexuality & Culture; Social Psychology; Law
Computational Social Science; Mobile, Ad-Hoc, and Cognitive Networks; Network Security and Optimization; Foundations
Criminology and Deviance; Mental Health; Gender
Gender; Family; Mental Health; Quantitative Methods
Survey Methodology; Non-Response Error, Measurement Error, Interviewer Effects
Religion; Stratification; Politics; Social Change
Social Network Analysis; Quantitative Methods; Class Inequality
Nonresponse; Questionnaire Design; Gender; Family
Family; Crime & Deviance; Mental Health; Child Abuse & Neglect
Physical & Mental Health; Family & Life Course; Quantitative Methods
Class Inequality; Family & Life Course; Physical Health; Crime & Deviance
Education; Stratification; Inequality
Intersections of Families, Health, and Inequality