Loyola University Chicago

The Graduate School


The Department of Sociology graduate programs advance sociological knowledge through research and teaching, and apply that knowledge to public issues. Our graduates are skilled researchers and teachers, and are prepared for a wide range of careers in academic, government, health care, business, and social service organizations. We specialize in Urban Sociology and Public Policy, and Religion, Culture, and Knowledge, and offer strong training in research methods and in community-based research.

The doctoral program offers outstanding training in executing independent research, and develops strong teaching and professional skills through close mentoring in a supportive and rigorous environment with a low faculty-to-student ratio. Students may specialize in research for academic or non-academic audiences, studying with award-winning faculty whose scholarship is oriented toward social justice.

Through close mentoring, the MA General Track trains students in research skills that prepare them for entry into doctoral programs. The MA Applied Track similarly trains students to develop, apply and evaluate social research relevant to a wide range of careers through close mentoring.

The PhD and MA degrees offer part- and full-time enrollment.

• MA program average time to completion (from the BA): 2 years (full time), varies (part time)

• PhD program average time to completion (from the BA): 6 years (full time), varies (part time)

Online options are not available.

Internships and research opportunities are included as part of the curriculum. Students work with faculty to identify relevant internships through the Loyola University Chicago Center for Experiential Learning and the Center for Urban Research and Learning.

• Chicago offers a rich environment for studying sociology and addressing socially relevant issues.

• The Department and campus research centers offer colloquia series.

• Student organizations and service opportunities are associated with the program.

The Graduate Student Association (GSA) promotes the personal, professional, and academic development of sociology graduate students. GSA sponsors a graduate student

Works in Progress Seminar.

Students may undertake community-based and service learning through the Center for Urban Research and Learning.

MA program graduates work in public, non-profit, and community-based organizations where they carry out and evaluate social research. Doctoral Program graduates work in tenure-track and other positions in colleges/universities, and as researchers and consultants in a wide range of organizational settings.


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The Graduate Program offers outstanding research skill training, a supportive environment, and a strong commitment to developing and using knowledge to address issues of critical public importance. All students receive extensive training in qualitative and quantitative research skills including ethnography, in-depth interviewing, archival and media research, and surveys. Doctoral students also receive comprehensive teacher training.

Faculty work closely with individual students throughout the program, guiding coursework and student research projects. A pro seminar offered each year develops student writing, presentation, and professional skills.

Graduate faculty and students carry out high-quality research that is relevant to wider communities. Working through the Center for Urban Research and Learning (CURL), faculty and graduate students collaborate with community organization leaders as equal partners in research projects.

The Sociology faculty combine active research agendas with strong commitments to teaching and mentorship. Our faculty have excellent national and international reputations on the basis of their scholarship, and many also have ties to government and non-profit organizations in the greater Chicago area. They serve as leaders in their field, recognized for their contributions as recipients of many research, teaching, and service awards given at the university and national levels.

Areas of faculty expertise include urban sociology, health and medicine, applied and public sociology, immigration, religion, culture, race and ethnicity, political sociology, and social movements, and inequalities.

Begin the financial aid process by completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov.

The Graduate School has limited funds available for financial assistance. Financial aid from Loyola’s Financial Aid Office will not impact your ability to apply for financial aid through the Graduate School. To learn more about these financial aid opportunities, visit LUC.edu/finaid/graduateschool

Learn more about faculty, curriculum, and how to apply.