Graduate Program

Graduate Program

Through the Iowa State University Department of Sociology graduate programs, students are…


World-class faculty and staff provide students with mentorship, and students have many professional development opportunities both on and off campus, including financial assistance for travel to key conferences. Most students receive financial support through research or teaching assistantships in the department or across campus.


As a Carnegie Research I institution, Iowa State University Department of Sociology welcomes students to from every background to ask creative and original questions and contribute valuable research to the field.


100 percent of graduates leave the program and enter into a wide variety of occupations, including faculty, research and administrative positions in academia and both government and non-governmental organizations.

Degrees offered:

Master of Science (view admissions information for sociology or rural sociology)
Ph.D. (view admissions information for sociology or rural sociology)

Other options:

Co-major (see Master of Science or Ph.D.)
Minor (see Master of Science or Ph.D.)

Areas of study:

Social and Economic Inequality
Rural Sociology
Criminology and Criminal Justice

Why Grad School?