The graduate program in sociology at Purdue University is intended to prepare students to become well-rounded researchers, scholars and teachers. The program offers students a well-balanced theory and methods core curriculum and an individualized plan of study designed to train students to conduct sociological research at the forefront of the field. We also offer a number of opportunities for graduate students to become first-rate classroom instructors.
In addition to the core curriculum, our program offers concentrated training in five areas of sociological specialization: family, sex and gender; health, aging, and the life course; law and society; politics and economy; and religion.
The first two years of the program, leading to an MS degree, focus on the core curriculum and one field of research specialization, and culminate in each student producing an original research product, the analytic project. Further study toward the PhD exposes students to other areas of specialization and emphasizes the development of greater depth of knowledge within the area that will be the subject of a student’s major research product, the dissertation. Students are encouraged to publish and to teach as they work toward the doctorate.
Purdue University is an accredited member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.
International Student Requirements:
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam is required for international non-native speakers of English. Applicants must score 550 or higher on the paper-based test, 213 or higher on the computer-based test, or 77 or higher on the Internet-based test in order to be considered for admission. In addition, applicants who take the TOEFL iBT must achieve the following minimum test scores: reading, 19: listening, 14; speaking, 18; and writing, 18.
The Test of Spoken English (TSE) is required for international non-native speakers of English who have not taken the TOEFL iBT.
As an alternative to the TOEFL and/or the TSE, applicants may submit International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores of 6.5 or higher.