Graduate Program

Sociology Program Requirements

  • GRE: Contact the Graduate Director to see if your application requires the GRE. You can learn more about the GRE at The sociology program at NIU prefers applicants with a minimum of 150 (450 on the old scoring system) on the verbal and 148 (600 on the old system) on the quantitative sections of the GRE.
  • GPA: The Graduate School at NIU requires at least a 2.75 undergraduate GPA for admission; we prefer applicants with at least a 3.0 GPA.
  • Undergraduate classes in sociological theory and methods (otherwise conditional admission requirements)
  • The Sociology Program has a priority deadline of February 1.

NIU Graduate School Requirements

complete graduate application includes

  • Complete application
  • Payment of the $40 application fee
  • Official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended
  • Required test scores
  • Career goals statement
  • Letters of recommendation

Visit the Graduate School website to find out more about the application process.

Review the application deadlines and admission requirements for the graduate sociology program.


Contact Dr. Diane Rodgers, Director of Sociology Graduate Studies, for more information at