Information for Graduate Students

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Below are links to important information regarding the details of the Graduate Sociology Program at Michigan State University: 

Below is a list of fact sheets that help explain various aspects of our graduate program:

MSU Sociology is hosting a series of Professional Development Workshops for Graduate Students featuring Sociology faculty. These are required viewing for PhD students. Recordings of past workshops are available here:

  • Developing Professional Networks in Disciplinary Subfields
  • Delivering and Evaluating Research Talks

    Tue, November 2, 2021 11:00 AM at Zoom

    Drs. Monique Kelly, Molly Copeland and Ning Hsieh are panelist on this second Graduate Student Professional Workshop for Fall 2021.

  • Building Cumulative Knowledge

    Oct. 12, 2021. Building Cumulative Knowledge with Drs. Zhenmei Zhang, Brendan Mullan and Isabel Ayala. Moderated by Graduate Program Director Hui Liu.

  • Identifying and Developing Research Projects

    Sept. 28, 2020 Dr. stef shuster (Lyman Briggs/Sociology), Dr. Amanda Flaim (James Madison/Sociology), and Dr. Aaron McCright (Professor and Chair of Sociology):


  • Federal Research Funding Opportunities

    Oct. 29, 2020 Dr. Cathy Liu (Sociology), Dr. Tom Dietz (Sociology), and Debbie Jesswein (Sociology):

  • Effective Writing
    • Nov. 17, 2020 Dr. Soma Chauduri, Dr. Xuefei Ren, Yan Zhang and Zoey Lai.
  • Navigating the Changing Landscape of Scholarly Journals

    In the latest of the series MSU Sociology Graduate Student Professional Development Workshop, Drs. Zhenmei Zhang, stef shuster and Ning Hsieh discuss options for publications in scholarly journals, when and how to coauthor articles and the emergence of open access journals.


  • Creating a Teaching Portfolio

    The second of three Spring 2021 Professional Development Workshops for Graduate Students focused on creating teaching portfolios for job applications and award nominations.

    March 4, 2021

    Dr. Molly Copeland
    Dr. Sarah Prior
    Dr. Aaron McCright

  • Pathways to Non-Academic Careers

    The third of three workshops for Spring 2021, this workshop focused on the best ways forward to alternative careers in sociology.


    Dr. Stephen Vrla

    Dr. Cedric Taylor

    Dr. Jessica Garcia

    March 22, 2021