Rural Sociology

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 19.2 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 33 k / Year(s) Deadline: Jan 10, 2024
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The graduate program in sociology provides award-winning education within three primary areas of research: 1) demographic change, crime, international migration, and economic development; 2) human dimensions of agriculture and natural resource management; and 3) race, gender, and class inequalities.  Additionally, the department offers excellent training in classical and contemporary theory and a wide variety of advanced methods and data analysis.

Graduate students in sociology develop the capability for original and creative research. Students engage in either independent or group research under the direction of faculty members. Preparation for the graduate degree is not confined to formal class work and activity on research projects. Students also work toward intellectual independence while developing an integrated grasp of the field. The integration of materials from courses and research activities is a primary goal of the M.S. thesis and the Ph.D. dissertation. The Department and the advisory committee share responsibility in guiding the student toward the graduate degree.

  • 1 course in sociological theory: Soc 506 (3 cr) Classical Sociological Theory OR Soc 607 (3 cr) Contemporary Sociological Theory 
  • Stat 401 (4 cr) Statistical Methods for Research Workers 
  • Soc 511 (3 cr) Research Methodology for the Social Sciences 
  • 1 course in advanced methods: Stat 404 (3 cr) Regression for Social and Behavioral Research OR Soc 513 (3 cr) Qualitative Research Methods 
  • Soc 591 (1 cr) Orientation to Sociology
  • Soc 599 (6 cr) Master's Thesis Research
  • Sociology graduate faculty member as Major Professor
  • Final oral exam must test for sociology major
  • A thesis that reflects the student’s sociological competence


  • 4 courses as specified on POS 
  • Iowa State requires a degree it considers comparable to a US bachelor’s or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university prior to beginning graduate studies. (For foreign institutions, that would be recognition by the Ministry of Education.) 
  • Our graduate application form is only available online. The $100 application fee for international students is nonrefundable. If you prefer not to pay the application fee by credit card, you may complete and print the online application, and attach your personal check. All checks should be in US dollars and made payable to Iowa State University.
  • Grade Point Average (GPA)
  • Statement of Purpose
  • The Sociology Graduate Program requires 3 letters of recommendation to be submitted as part of the online application.
  • Optional material: All applicants are invited to submit a writing sample (thesis, research paper, creative component paper, etc).
  • Internet Based TOEFL (iBT) 79, Paper-Based TOEFL (PBT) 550
  • IELTS 6.5
  • Graduate Records Examination (GRE)
  • Financial Statement


  • George Freeman Memorial Scholarship
  • Joe M. Bohlen Memorial Scholarship
  • Gerald E. and D. Eileen Klonglan Scholarship
  • Sadie Gardine Lasley Memorial Scholarship
  • Mary W. Lees Scholarship
  • Marvin B. Lind Scholarship in Rural Sociology
  • Robert O. Richards Memorial Writing Award
  • George Henry and Maude Drew Von Tungeln Scholarship
  • The Sociology Department Achievement Award
  • Alpha Kappa Delta - Academic Advancement Scholarship
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