Graduate Degree Program Summary
Graduate degrees offered
- M.A.; Ph.D.
A specialization is a well-defined area of study that will appear on your transcript with your degree and major. Specializations are optional in most UNL programs.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
Application checklist and deadlines
Required by the Office of Graduate Studies
- Application for Graduate Admission
- $50 non-refundable application processing fee
- One set of transcripts, uploaded to MyRED (see transcript upload requirements)
- If your native language is not English: verification of English proficiency
- If you are not a US citizen and you expect to hold an F or J visa: financial resource information
See also: steps to admission.
Required by Sociology in GAMES
After you apply, allow one business day for us to establish your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these departmental requirements:
- 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
|Fall: January 15|
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.
Courses and MoreStudents in Sociology are most likely to take courses in:Course Catalog in the Graduate Bulletin.
Students will work with an advisor to create a Program of Studies or Memorandum of Courses during the first half of their coursework.
Faculty and research
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