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Below are some of the most frequently asked questions by both current and potential graduate students. If you do not find your answer here or in the Graduate Student Handbook, feel free to contact us at sociology@byu.edu.

Q: Do I have to be a member of the LDS church?

A: No, you do not need to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (“Mormon”) to receive admission into our program. However, all students, regardless of faith, must agree to the Honor Code and receive and submit an Ecclesiastical Endorsement


Q: I have never attended BYU, how do I create a BYU Net ID?

A: Follow BYU's Net ID instructions here.


Q: How do I submit my Ecclesiastical Endorsement? 

A: Follow BYU's Ecclesiastical Endorsement instructions here.


Q: When is the next application deadline?

A: Our next application deadline is January 15, 2019.


Q: What are the admission averages for the program?

A: The averages for the last five years of applicants admitted to the BYU sociology MS program:

  • GPA: 3.66
  • Verbal percentile rank: 71
  • Quant percentile rank: 54
  • Writing percentile rank: 60
Q: When should I hear back about being admitted into the program?

A: While this is not a certain deadline, the Department usually tries to get back to applicants by the end of February. 


Q: Is there grad student housing available?

A: BYU offers both on-campus and off-campus housing options for students. 


Q: On average, how long do students take to graduate?

A: Though Brigham Young University allows up to five years for completion of the Master's degree, it is the expectation in the Department of Sociology that all students will complete their degrees in two years. The policy above concerning extensions beyond the University’s five-year time limit are for emergency situations only; students who think they may need such extensions need to be in early and constant contact with the graduate coordinator. The Department typically does not provide funding for any student who extends beyond the two-year mark.


Q: What are the program requirements/what classes will I take?

A: The program is made up of both required and elective courses. The full outline of program requirements can be found here and syllabi from previous semesters can be found here


Q: Is there some type of assistantship offered?

A: The Department of Sociology offers assistantships to as many students as it can fund each year. Because research is a vital component of the graduate program, most graduate awards given by the Department are in the form of research assistantships. Assistantships are awarded for Fall and Winter Semesters for 20 hours per week and often extend into the Spring and Summer Terms. Additional paid research opportunities often emerge during the Spring and Summer Terms that can supplement students' assistantships. 


Q: What do students do after they complete the BYU Sociology Masters program?

A: While some of our students enter the workforce immediately after they finish the master's program, the majority go on to complete a PhD program. You can see where former Sociology Graduate Students have been placed with here.