Purdue University

College of Liberal Arts



West Lafayette, IN

United States

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

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Format: Campus

Program Description:

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.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Facts & Figures

Classification: Master's College or University I

Loans Offered: Loans may be available. Applicants may apply by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). FAFSA Code: 001825

Locale: Large Suburb

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