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Graduate Program

The Department of Sociology at Virginia Tech offers Master of Science and Ph.D. graduate degrees. The first Master's degree in sociology was granted in the 1920s; its first Ph.D. was awarded in 1974. Our graduates have gone on to distinguished careers both in academia and in applied settings.


We maintain strong interdisciplinary connections on campus. The directors of the Center for Peace Studies & Violence Prevention and the Race and Social Policy Research Center, and the Chair of Science and Technology in Society are members of our department. In addition, programs in Africana Studies, American Indian Studies, and Women's & Gender Studies are housed within the department. Finally, we share courses and faculty with Science and Technology in Society, the Center for Gerontology and many other programs. These connections allow our students to pursue programs specifically tailored to their interest, while maintaining a strong central grounding in sociology. 

The Setting

The university is located in the town of Blacksburg between the Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountains. Blacksburg was named by Outside magazine as one of the ten best places to live in the U.S. and by Men's Journal as the eight best place to live in the U.S. Local attractions include easy access to the Appalachian Trail, white water rivers, biking trails, and an active music scene. Roanoke, with a metropolitan population of 250,000, is forty miles away, and Washington, D.C. is within driving distance.

Graduate Assistantships

  • Each year the department awards assistantships on a competitive basis. Assistantships are slightly higher for students entering with M.S. degrees. In addition, students on assistantship receive full tuition remission.
  • The out-of-state differential is waived for graduate assistants.
  • Graduate students are responsible for paying the Comprehensive Student Fee each Fall and Spring semester.
  • The University will commit to cover approximately 70% of your health insurance care costs if you choose the University's medical insurance plan and agree to pay the premiums through payroll deduction.

Additional Resources


Graduate Admissions:

Graduate Admissions (0325)
Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061


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