Updates for 2020 Admissions:

We hope to be able to admit students for fall 2021 with similar financial support as in recent years. However, given the uncertain conditions at the university and our commitments to current students, we may not be able to provide the same funding packages with admission. We will update this page as information becomes available, or you may contact us for the most current information.

All graduate students admitted to our program are provided with guaranteed financial support during at least their first five years in residence. All students receive a fee waiver to cover tuition costs and a monthly stipend to cover most living expenses, including health insurance. Although not guaranteed, funding beyond the sixth year has typically been available.

Financial support for graduate students comes through university fellowships, which have no work requirements, and through graduate assistantships, under which students work for approximately 20 hours per week as either a research or teaching assistant.

Research assistants work with faculty members in sociology or in other departments on faculty research projects. Research assistant responsibilities may include data collection and management, analysis of data, writing and presentation of results, or other tasks that contribute to ongoing projects.

Teaching assistants work with faculty to support large undergraduate courses, typically by grading or by leading small group lab or section meetings. More advanced students may also work as independent instructors.

In addition to the primary support through stipends, the department also provides travel funds for graduate students to present papers at professional meetings annually and other professional development funds to support graduate research and workshop attendance. OSU’s Graduate School offers an array of additional opportunities for securing additional research and travel funds.

Additional financial support for graduate students in sociology comes from a variety of other sources, both inside and outside the University. In recent years, our advanced graduate students have competed successfully in the university’s Presidential Fellowship for Dissertation Research. Extramural support is also common. Current and recent graduate students have won prestigious support from the National Science Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, the American Sociological Association Minority Fellowship Program and The Fulbright Program to name a few. Students can also work as research assistants and receive funding through the research grants of faculty members. Our faculty are extremely successful in securing national research grants, and students have been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the William T. Grant Foundation, The Lilly Endowment, The National Institutes of Health and others.