Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate programs offered

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

Online and Distance Opportunities

Some online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.

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Graduate Chair
Dr. Kimberly Tyler

Campus Address
711 Oldfather Hall
Lincoln NE 68588-0324

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Application checklist and deadlines

1. Required by Graduate Studies

2. Required by Sociology

  • 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, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.

Application Deadlines for Sociology
  • January 3 for Fall.

Application/admission is for entry in a specific term and year. Our academic year is divided into 3 terms: Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (multiple sessions May-August). Some programs accept new students only in certain terms and/or years.


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.

The department 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.

The department 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 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.

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Faculty and research

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Brandon Bosch

Sociology of Mass Media; Political Sociology

Kelsy Burke

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

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

Marc Garcia

Dan Hoyt

Quantitative Methods; Mental Health; Crime & Deviance; Family

Emily Kazyak

Sexuality & Culture; Social Psychology; Law

Bilal Khan

Computational Social Science; Mobile, Ad-Hoc, and Cognitive Networks; Network Security and Optimization; Foundations

Lisa Kort-Butler

Criminology and Deviance; Mental Health; Gender

Julia McQuillan

Gender; Family; Mental Health; Quantitative Methods

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

Deadric Williams

Intersections of Families, Health, and Inequality

This summary page is maintained by Graduate Studies.
For additional details check out the dept./program website: Sociology.

Departments: Have an update for this summary? Contact Kurt Mueller.