The MA program in Sociology at ISU was formally established in 1977. It is the only graduate program in Sociology in Idaho. The program offers a comprehensive MA-level curriculum. The required course offerings are comparable to those that would be found in any comparable MA program in Sociology. The curriculum requires 33 credits, comprehensive exams, and a thesis. Faculty offers expertise in criminology, environmental sociology, medical sociology, religion, social diversity, sexuality, gender studies, leisure and deviance, family sociology, quantitative and qualitative research methods, gerontology, community, social theory, media sociology, sociology of sport, and social psychology. Students work closely with faculty on research and teaching.


  • 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 Hearn, PhD
Office: Kegel Liberal Arts 306
Phone: (208) 282-4947


921 South 8th Avenue
Pocatello, Idaho, 83209