Western Illinois University

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12 months
13830 USD/year
13830 USD/year
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Sociology at Western Illinois University is the systematic study of social behavior and human groups. It focuses on the influence of social relationships upon people's attitudes and behavior and on how societies are established and how they change.


The scope of Sociology is broad. Students of sociology at Western Illinois University study social groupings such as families, gangs, business firms, political parties, schools, religions, and work. Sociology students are also concerned with social issues such as poverty, conformity, discrimination, alienation, overpopulation, and community. Their common objective is to identify the underlying and recurring patterns of and influences on social behavior.

Possible Careers

  • Community college instructor
  • Social Services case worker
  • Survey research assistant

Why Choose Sociology at WIU?

The graduate program in sociology at Western is focused on preparing students for a multitude of possibilities. Students will be instructed on both qualitative and quantitative methods as well as both contemporary and classical theory. We have two options for graduate students to complete their degree: thesis and non-thesis. Students will be able to work closely on whichever degree completion program on which they prefer to work.

Programme Structure

  • The Master of Arts degree in sociology may be earned by satisfying the requirements of the thesis, general sociology (non‑thesis), or internship exit options. 
  • Regardless of exit option, a degree plan must be submitted and approved by the graduate committee before the thesis proposal, non-thesis paper, or internship report is presented. 
  • No more than three semester hours outside the department (six semester hours for Peace Corps Fellows), three semester hours for SOC 501, and six semester hours for 400-G level courses may be included on the degree plan.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • National students - rolling admission




30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants for admission to the School of Graduate Studies must hold a bachelor's degree from an institution that is accredited by the appropriate U.S. Department of Education regional institutional accrediting agency. 
  • Applicants usually apply for admission to a degree program simultaneously with admission to the School of Graduate Studies. 
  • If the applicant meets the minimum admission requirements of the School of Graduate Studies, a copy of the application materials is forwarded to the program of interest for consideration.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13830 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13830 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    13830 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13830 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.


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