The Department of Sociology offers a graduate program leading to the Master of Arts degree in Sociology, and participates in a graduate program leading to the Ph.D.degree in social psychology. The program of graduate studies in Sociology is designed to prepare sociologists for careers in the academic world and in areas of policy-related research. The foundations of both theory and research are emphasized as valuable tools in the study of modern society and social relations in comparative and historical perspective.
Plan A (the thesis plan) requires 30 semester credits, of which 21 credits must be completed while in residence; Plan B (the non-thesis plan) requires 33 semester credits, of which 24 credits must be completed while in residence. Under both plans, candidates must complete at least 18 credits in 700-level courses.
Plan A and Plan B both require the satisfactory completion of the following graduate-level courses: SOC 710 History of Social Thought, SOC 711 Contemporary Social Theory, a course in research methods, and a course in statistics, with departmental approval.
Under Plan A, the thesis plan, students must also meet the following requirements: satisfactory completion of an additional 18 credits in graduate-level courses (including 6 thesis credits) with departmental approval, for a total of 30 semester credits; a thesis written under the supervision of three faculty members; and an oral examination on the thesis.
Under Plan B, the non-thesis plan, students must meet the following additional requirements: satisfactory completion of 21 credits in graduate-level courses with departmental approval, for a total of 33 semester credits; and pass a series of written comprehensive examinations. Please see more information about the Thesis and Non-Thesis Plans and about the graduate courses.
- (1) Credit in a theory course in sociology and a course in statistics;
- (2) A grade-point average of 3.0 or higher for four years of undergraduate work;
- (3) Transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions;
- (4) Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores;
- (5) Three letters of recommendation from former instructors indicating the student's capability of doing graduate work;
- (6) Sample of research or writing;
- (7) A statement of purpose.
Please send the following materials to the appropriate office as part of your application to the Master's program in Sociology at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Materials to be sent to the Graduate School
- UNR Graduate Application Form
- $60.00 New Student or $40.00 Alumni or Returning Student application fee
- Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions
- Official GRE scores from Educational Testing Service
- Immunization documents
Materials to be sent to the Sociology Department
- Departmental application form
- Copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts
- Copies of GRE scores
- Three letters of recommendation
- A statement of purpose
- Sample of research or writing (e.g., a term paper)
UNR's 17,000 students come from all fifty states and more than fifty other countries, and the average age of the student population is 26. Approximately 3,000 UNR students are engaged in graduate study. Although many of the students in post baccalaureate work are recent graduates, a large percentage are mature students with significant professional or practical experience.