The aim of the graduate Sociology programs at the University of North Texas is to develop independent thinkers who are capable of conducting quality, innovative research in a particular area of interest.
While pursuing a Master of Arts or Master of Science degree in Sociology, you learn to apply social science perspectives and tools to social problems, thereby improving the quality of life. This equips you for a career in academia or applied sociology.
We offer flexible scheduling with classes available in the late afternoon or evening to accommodate work schedules and other personal commitments. You can also work closely with faculty members in a variety of educational and research areas, such as:
Our students often present their work at national and regional conferences and earn other recognitions for their research and teaching.
UNT provides a wide variety of services exclusively to graduate students. The Graduate Student Writing Support office can help you with writing, and the Center for Interdisciplinary Research offers assistance with statistical research.
The Toulouse Graduate School® offers several professional development workshops, including a Thesis Boot Camp. Many of the workshops are available online for your convenience.
Admission to the program is a two-step process. First, you'll need to be admitted to the graduate school. (See our website for admission requirements.) Second, you'll need to complete the Department of Sociology's application process, which requires a statement of purpose and three completed recommendation forms or letters.
Unconditional program admission requires:
If the GPA requirement isn't met, conditional admission may be granted by having either:
This option is strongly encouraged if you plan to pursue a Ph.D. in Sociology.
The graduate school will notify you about being admitted to our program. We recommend completing the admission process by the last Monday in November the year before you want to enroll to be eligible for all available financial assistance.
Selected candidates are invited to a retreat in early spring to learn more about the program and to meet professors. Accepted applicants should consult with our Director of Graduate Studies before registering for their first semester of course work.
The primary forms of financial support are assistantships in the Department of Sociology, scholarships or federal financial aid. To be considered for assistantships, you should submit all admission materials to our department and the graduate school by the last Monday in November the year before you want to enroll.
Assistantships are announced shortly after the spring informational retreat.
Cynthia M. Cready, Associate Professor and Associate Department Chair; Ph.D., Texas A&M University. Quantitative methodology; elder health and care; inequality; marriage and family.
Nicole Dash, Associate Professor and Associate Dean for the College of Public Affairs and Community Service; Ph.D., Florida International University. Sociology of disaster; applied sociology.
Susan Brown Eve, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies; Ph.D., University of North Carolina. Aging/social gerontology; medical sociology, quantitative methodology.
Gabe Ignatow, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Stanford University. Text analytics; theory; new media.
Erma Jean Lawson, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Kentucky. Medical sociology; qualitative research methods.
Ami R. Moore, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Bowling Green State University. Demography; medical sociology; migration and immigration.
Daniel G. Rodeheaver, Associate Professor and Department Chair; Ph.D., University of Georgia. Sociopolitical ecology; development and social change; crime and terrorism.
Gul Seckin, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University. Medical sociology; aging/social gerontology; mental health; quantitative methodology.
Michael F. Thompson, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Indiana University. Economic sociology.
David A. Williamson, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Vanderbilt University. Development; medical sociology; religion.
George Yancey, Professor; Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin. Racial and ethnic relations; religion; sociology of science.
Dale E. Yeatts, Professor; Ph.D., University of Virginia. Environmental sociology; aging/social gerontology; organizations; Chinese culture/society; self-managed work teams.
Milan Zafirovski, Professor; Ph.D., Florida International University. Theory, economic sociology, social stratification and change, political sociology/economy, comparative-historical sociology.
Elizabeth M. Esterchild (Almquist), Professor Emeritus; Ph.D., University of Kansas. Sex and gender; stratification/mobility.
Jessica Gullion, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Texas Woman's University. Medical sociology; environmental sociology; social representations of health threats.
Stanley R. Ingman, Professor; Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh. Gerontology; sociology of health; health care services for the aged.
Celia Lo, Professor; Ph.D., University of Alabama. Alcohol and drugs; disparities in health-risk behaviors and health; drugs and crime; criminology; scholarship of teaching and learning.
Mahmoud Sadri, Professor; Ph.D., New School University. Comparative sociology of religion; sociology of culture; theoretical sociology; Middle Eastern and Iranian studies; Islamic reformation.
Rudy Ray Seward, Professor Emeritus; Ph.D., Southern Illinois University. Family; quantitative methodology; social change.
James H. Swan, Professor; Ph.D., Northwestern University. Racial and ethnic relations; aging/social gerontology; disabilities.
Mark Wardell, Professor; Ph.D., University of Missouri. Theory; sociology of work and organizations.
James Williams, Professor; Ph.D., University of Georgia. Homicide; criminal justice in Russia; development of criminology theory.
Philip Yang, Professor; Ph.D., University of California- Los Angeles. Immigration; citizenship acquisition; transnationalism; Chinese immigration and immigrants; Asian Americans/immigrants; demography