Career Options: Graduate Schools
What are my Career Options?
Many undergraduate Sociology majors pursue graduate training in Sociology and in other fields. Western does not currently offer a graduate program in Sociology. However, the Sociology Department provides Guidelines and Resources for researching graduate schools, and faculty members can recommend and evaluate various programs for you.
The Sociology Department has designed the following guidelines:
- Criminal Justice Programs online includes masters and doctorate programs
- Gradschools.com. "The most comprehensive online source of graduate school information."
- Graduate School Rankings (U.S. News and World Reports). U.S. News has collected data from more than 12,000 graduate programs
- Graduate Training in Sociology (American Sociological Association). A key resource is the ASA Guide to Graduate Departments of Sociology
- Online Masters Degree. Accredited programs
- Online PhD UK. PhD programs available worldwide
- Sociology Graduate Schools by priority
Preparing for Graduate School
During your junior year, or early in your senior year you should begin exploring your options. Review the Sociology Department's Guidelines and Resources. Talk with Sociology faculty about how to prepare for graduate school, and begin contacting the schools you wish to consider.
You will need to begin planning at least a year before the fall in which you intend to enter. Most schools only accept students in the fall and expect to have all of your materials in hand by the end of the previous December. Most departments require you to fill out an application form, including a personal statement on why you want to pursue graduate work. You will probably be asked to supply a transcript and at least three letters of reference. It is therefore to your advantage to get to know faculty by taking small classes, writing papers, serving as a teaching assistant, or getting involved in faculty research projects. Plan to ask faculty for letters of reference while you are still attending Western.
Many programs also require applicants to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) (most widely used for general graduate school), or GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test for MBA programs), or LSAT (Law School Admission Test). To improve your test score, see Online Graduate School Test Preparation courses.