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The Graduate Program in Sociology

The Department of Sociology offers graduate courses and research opportunities leading to the M.A. degree. Competitive graduate assistantships are available.  Our degree program is designed to prepare students for teaching and research in sociology, for positions in public and private agencies, and for advanced study leading to the PhD.

Information for Prospective Students:


 For more information, please email our Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Diane Rodgers, at drodgers@niu.edu

Sociology Graduate Students Represent!


  • Laura Kruczinski was appointed to the Presidential Commission on Persons with Disabilities
  • Ray Jenkins was appointed to the University’s Campus Security and Environmental Quality Committee
  • Kevin Kitzman is serving as the Department Student Representative and on the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) Graduate Colloquium Committee
  • Flavio Leanos-Macias is serving on the Midwest Sociological Society First Generation Task Force

We're proud of our graduate students!