M.Sc. On Campus


Virginia Tech

12 months
18942 USD/year
18942 USD/year
9398 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Sociology program of Virginia Tech provides students with comprehensive training in research design, quantitative and qualitative methods, sociological theory, and a wide range of substantive areas.


The common thread that connects much of the research we do in the Sociology program of Virginia Tech is a focus on the causes, consequences, and interactions of social inequalities within a variety of focal areas including gender, race, class, sexuality, criminology, health, aging, the environment, education, popular culture, and the global political economy. Our department is also home to interdisciplinary programs in Women’s and Gender Studies, Africana Studies, and American Indian Studies, and our MS students have the opportunity to receive training in these interdisciplinary fields during the course of their studies.

Why choose this program?

  • We support the research of scholar-activists, who connect with communities in need and provide research that can help them to shape policies and solve problems.
  • The research and scholarly interests of our faculty cross a wide range of disciplinary boundaries.
  • Best fit for students interested in full-time graduate study on the campus of Virginia’s largest research university. 
  • The graduate program in Sociology at Virginia Tech prepares students to be productive and publicly-engaged scholars, advancing research. 
  • Our master’s graduates have gone on to earn doctorates in sociology and related fields here at Virginia Tech and in universities around the world, or to direct and coordinate women’s centers, diversity programs, and research at such institutions as the Police Executive Research Forum in Washington DC, and the DisAbility Law Center of Virginia.
  • All classes are taught in small seminars and offer personal interaction with faculty and peers. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Social Inequality
  • History of Sociological Thought
  • Contemporary Sociological Theory
  • Data Analysis
  • Research Methods
  • Intermediate Data Analysis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A bachelor's degree with minimum GPA 3.25 (4 Scale)
  • Overall GPA 3.0 (4 Scale) in all Sociology courses previously taken
  • GRE Required 
  • TOEFL/ IELTS  (For all non-U.S. citizens or non-U.S. permanent residents)
  • Scanned copy of your college transcripts with your online application, then arrange for an official copy to be sent to us after you receive an offer of admission
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Writing Sample
  • Official GRE is required for M.S. in Sociology by the Department of Sociology
  • A letter of interest (3-5 pages) is required by the Department of Sociology along with your latest Curriculum Vitae

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18942 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9471 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    18942 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9471 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • In-State

    9398 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4699 USD per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for Blacksburg

1166 - 1906 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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