The Master of Arts program in sociology at Idaho State University has been existance since 1979. The program prepares you for professional employment or pursuit of a Ph.D. in sociology or related fields. We emphasize sociological theory, research methods, and analytical skills. Students work closely with faculty on research and teaching.

Our master's degree is geared towards general sociology; however, our faculty represents some specialty areas such as medical sociology, criminology, religion, social psychology, theory, family sociology and environmental sociology.


  • BA or BS degree
  • 5 core sociology undergraduate courses
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) for the most recent 60 undergraduate credits
  • GRE (waived if your GPA of 3.5 or higher)
  • 3 letters of recommendation

You do not need to be a sociology major!

The program requirements consist of 33 credits, comprehensive exams, and the completion of a thesis. Visit this link to find out more about the Graduate Course Plan

Where have our students gone?

  • Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Houston
  • Assistant Professor of Sociology, College of Southeast Idaho
  • Assistant Professor of Sociology, BYU- Idaho
  • Instructor in Sociology, Boise State University
  • Instructor in Sociology, BYU-Idaho
  • Assistant Dean of Students, BYU-Idaho
  • Academic Counselor, Southern Oregon University
  • Demography Ph.D. Student. U. Texas, San Antonio
  • Sociology Ph.D. Student, Utah State University
  • Sociology Ph.D. student, University of Oregon
  • Sociology Ph.D. student, University of Missouri
  • Ph.D. student, Case Western Reserve University, Ohio
  • Director, Market Research Company, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Statistician Demographer, U.S. Census Bureau
  • Program Manager, Developmental Disabilities Agency
  • Senior Research Analyst, Idaho State Patrol
  • Executive Director, Help Inc.
  • Alcohol Rehab Counselor, Pocatello
  • Performance Analyst, Work Force Adjustment Board, San Diego, California
  • Research Director, Private Research Institute, Ogden, Utah

Learn more about careers in sociology.

For more information, contact Dr. Gesine Hearn at

Graduate Program Director
Gesine K. Hearn, PhD
Office: Kegel Liberal Arts 306
Phone: (208) 282-4947