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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.

Information for Current Students:



*New - Starting Fall 2018* Internship 

This non-thesis path to the MA provides a substantial field experience, requiring at least 240 hours of work at an internship site (120 hours = 3 credit hours). The Graduate Committee supervises the internship. A brief proposal of the student’s internship project must be submitted and they must successfully pass written comprehensive exams before starting internship hours. Upon completion of internship hours, students submit a final paper on their internship experience to the Graduate Committee for evaluation.

Sociology Graduate Students Represent!


Congrats to our Fall 2017 M.A. graduates!

Jeffrey Syverson

Rodrigo Dominguez-Martinez

Anna-Marie Malley

Michael Yergin


  • Ana Hernandez is serving as the Graduate Student Representative on the CLAS Equity Gap Committee
  • 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!