What will I learn?

The Sociology Program at Washington State is designed to integrate research and teaching in the training of students. Students have the opportunity for involvement in collaborative and independent research activities, facilitated by faculty led seminars and research programs. In addition to offering yearly teaching workshops for students who teach their own courses, students participate in a teaching seminar in their second year. The goal of the Program, and focus of graduate curriculum, is to train highly competent sociologists who will make constructive contributions to the field of sociology in academic, research, governmental, and community settings.

Student Learning Outcomes:

All graduates will be able to:

To enable students to conduct original, empirical research the program aims to provide a variety of experiences, inside and outside of the classroom, that help students to:

Formulate an important, viable sociological research question within their field of expertise, including situating that research question within the relevant literature.
Collect or identify data from which to draw conclusions about the research question.
Apply appropriate research methods to sociological questions and describe the research methods accurately.
Appropriately analyze research data and present results in a clear, concise manner.
Draw conclusions about the research questions in a way that effectively locates the conclusions in the larger body of knowledge.
Draw implications about sociological knowledge from research findings.

To prepare students to contribute to scholarly dialogue about their area of expertise, the program aims to provide a variety of experiences that help students to:

Present their research at local, regional, national, and international professional conferences and symposia.
Present research to broader audiences through publication in professional, peer-reviewed journals.
Develop a comprehensive knowledge of past and current research in their field of expertise and demonstrate that knowledge in a timed writing situation.

To train students to communicate sociological knowledge to relevant audiences, the program aims to provide a variety of experiences that help students to:

Broaden their professional foundation through undergraduate teaching.
Place students in positions in academia, government, and the private sector (job placement statistics).

Student Opportunities:

Opportunities include ability to work on federal grants with faculty members and develop your own courses.

Career Opportunities:

Academic appointments at colleges and universities, research positions with government agencies or private research organizations.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (72 hours)

Tuition fees
US$27,066.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

10 January 2022

Start date

22 August 2022


Washington State University

370 Lighty Student Services Building,



99164, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Completion of Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science level degree program; GPA of 3.0 or above.

For international students

Prospective international students must have the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree from an approved institution. Usually this is a minimum of four years of study beyond grade 12.
A grade point average equivalent to a U.S. grade of “B” or better is required.

The minimum acceptable IELTS score is 7.

Minimum TOEFL Scores: Paper Old score 550/New score 60; Computer 213; Internet 80;



Fall Semester: January 10

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Washington State University

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