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Enabling Social Change and Understanding

The IUP Sociology master’s program offers a professional learning environment for how to evaluate and manage pressing contemporary issues, such as unemployment, family issues, addiction, and other social problems. With an applied focus, our program assists students to identify, analyze, and respond to interpersonal, organizational, and societal trends. Our core instruction on sociological theory, methods and analysis prepares students for opportunities related to social research, doctoral studies, or teaching in the social sciences.

Students complete their studies through thesis and non-thesis options. Elective coursework includes internships and service learning opportunities. We prepare you for employment in government, human services, higher education, and social science research positions. Recent graduates have established careers in a variety of positions, such as researchers and directors in human services agencies.

Begin Here

See how your studies will enhance your social inquiry skills through our thesis and non-thesis options. Learn more.

Alumni Testimonials

See what some of our recent graduates have said about their experiences with the program. Learn more.

Why Sociology at IUP?

  • Our courses primarily meet during evening hours, accommodating a variety of work schedules.
  • You can progress as either a full-time or part-time student.
  • The program focuses on public sociology; students engage in scholarship that is relevant to today’s world.
  • A limited number of assistantships support students in their studies.

Meet the Coordinator

Dr. Diane Shinberg
102A McElhaney Hall

  • Sociology Department
  • McElhaney Hall, Room 102
    441 North Walk
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2730
  • Fax: 724-357-4842
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.