Application information


For full consideration for assistantships and tuition waivers, applicants applying for Fall semester entry into the masters program must submit a complete application to the Graduate School by February 15. For full consideration for assistantships and tuition waivers, applicants applying for Spring semester entry into the masters program must submit a complete application to the Graduate School by September 15.

 Materials required for the online application to the masters program include:

  • Transcripts
  • A statement of purpose indicating your reasons for pursuing graduate study, specifying your specific research interests/area of focus for study, and your background preparation in that area. Mention any relevant skills or experience that you have acquired and which faculty you wish to work with
  • Three letters of recommendation are required from persons familiar with your academic achievement and future potential
  • International students must also submit one of the following test scores: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), and the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)

If you have additional questions regarding the masters program, contact Dr. Kristen Fellows, Graduate Committee Coordinator

Degree requirements


Students pursuing a masters degree with a thesis option much complete a minimum of 30 semester credits, including a masters thesis. At least 16 credits must be taken in didactic courses (e.g., these would include NDSU courses numbered 601-689 or 700-789). Specific course requirements for a masters degree in Sociology are:

  • Soc 700 Qualitative Methods
  • Soc 701 Quantitative Methods
  • Soc 723 Social Theory
  • Soc 789 Masters Thesis (up to 8 credits applicable towards 30 credits)
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