Graduate Program

Program of Study

At the beginning of a student's second year, s/he should meet with the Graduate Director to construct a Program of Study.  This is a formal document required by the Graduate School in order to permit a student to graduate.  The form can be found here.

Graduate courses are classified into six fields: theory, research methods and statistics, social organization and institutions, social psychology, sociology of health and aging and criminology.

Students must earn an overall GPA of 3.00 or higher and a grade of A or B in SOCI 670, SOCI 671, SOCI 674 (replacing 676), SOCI 675, and SOCI 677.

The M.A. degree requires the successful completion of 33 credits, including 6 credits of SOCI 699 (Thesis).  All new master's students are required to consult with the departmental graduate advisor before being admitted to courses.

No more than 12 semester hours in 500-level graduate courses may be included in the student's program for the master's degree.

The total credit from courses taken for graduate credit at other accredited institutions that are accepted in transfer plus credit earned at NIU as a student-at-large may not exceed 9 semester hours.

Each student must pass a written comprehensive examination in sociological theory and research methods.  The examination is offered at least twice a year.

General: 

SOCI 670 Classical Theory (3)
SOCI 671 Contemporary Theory (3)
SOCI 674 The Research Process (3)
SOCI 675 Sociological Statistics (3)
SOCI 677 Qualitative Methodology (3)
SOCI 699 Master'sThesis (6) 
One course (3) selected through consultation with the Graduate Director.
Three courses (9) in one of these areas: theory, research methods & statistics, social organization & institutions, social psychology, health & aging, or criminology.

Criminology

SOCI 670 Classical Theory (3)
SOCI 671 Contemporary Theory (3)
SOCI 674 The Research Process (3)
SOCI 675 Sociological Statistics (3)
SOCI 677 Qualitative Methodology (3)
SOCI 681 Theories of Delinquency & Crime (3)
SOCI 689 Criminal Justice (3) 
SOCI 699 Master's Thesis (6)
Two criminology electives (6) to be negotiated with Graduate Director.
One (3) selected through consultation with the Graduate Director .

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Contact Dr. Keri Burchfield, Director of Graduate Studies kburchfield@niu.edu