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
Additional Areas of Study
  • Criminology
  • Network Theory and Methods
  • Sexuality and Culture
  • Sociology of Religion
  • Social Psychology
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Contacts for Sociology

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Graduate Chair

Dr. Dan Hoyt


Campus Address

711 Oldfather Hall

Lincoln NE 68588-0324

Application checklist and deadlines

Required by the Office of Graduate Studies

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 More

Students in Sociology are most likely to take courses in: See also: 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

Brandon Bosch
Sociology of Mass Media; Political Sociology
Jacob Cheadle
Family; Quantitative Methods; Social Network Analysis
L. Janelle (Tomni) Dance
Race & Ethnicity; Urban Education; Immigration; Ethnography
Kirk Dombrowski
Social Network Analysis; Public Health; Community-Based Participatory Research
Christina Falci
Mental Health; Social Psychology; Gender & Work; Social Network Analysis
Bridget Goosby
Mental & Physical Health; Stratification; Family; Race & Ethnicity
Dan Hoyt
Quantitative Methods; Mental Health; Crime & Deviance; Family
Graduate Chair
Emily Kazyak
Sexuality & Culture; Social Psychology; Law
Lisa Kort-Butler
Criminology and Deviance; Mental Health; Gender
Julia McQuillan
Gender; Family; Mental Health; Quantitative Methods
Helen Moore
Inequality (Race, Class & Gender) and Education
Kristen Olson
Survey Methodology; Non-Response Error, Measurement Error, Interviewer Effects
Philip Schwadel
Religion; Stratification; Politics; Social Change
Jeffrey Smith
Social Network Analysis; Quantitative Methods; Class Inequality
Jolene Smyth
Nonresponse; Questionnaire Design; Gender; Family
Kimberly Tyler
Family; Crime & Deviance; Mental Health; Child Abuse & Neglect
David Warner
Physical & Mental Health; Family & Life Course; Quantitative Methods
Tara Warner
Class Inequality; Family & Life Course; Physical Health; Crime & Deviance
Regina Werum
Education; Stratification; Inequality

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