Sociology (M.A.)

Admission Requirements

Admission to this program is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School. In addition, new applicants to the sociology program must satisfy the criteria below. Applications are considered for admission to fall term only; all stages and materials in the application process must be completed by January 15. Materials required for admission include:

  1. Graduate Application (demographic and educational profile).
  2. Official transcripts from past universities attended.
  3. Three (3) letters of recommendation (at least two should be from university or college faculty members).
  4. Statement of Interest (this should describe applicants’ reasons for graduate study in Sociology, proposed areas of study, and career goals).
  5. Writing sample.
  6. G.R.E. scores.1
  7. TOEFL scores.2

A grade point average of at least 3.3 in upper division courses, and in sociology courses, is required for admission consideration to the Master’s program.

The Master of Arts degree with a major in Sociology requires a minimum of 30 credits. All course work must be completed in accordance with the regulations of the Graduate School and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The program is offered as Plan A (thesis) or Plan B (essay). Students seeking the Ph.D. degree should select Plan A. Students selecting Plan B have the option of following the curriculum for a concentration in Applied Sociological Research Methodology (see requirements below).

Plan A: Thesis

SOC 6050Sociological Theory I3
SOC 6280Social Statistics3
SOC 7200Advanced Survey of Approaches and Techniques of Social Research3
SOC 7260Qualitative Sociology3
SOC 7030Introduction to Graduate Studies in Sociology1
SOC 8999Master's Thesis8
Electives9
Total Credits30

Plan B: Essay

SOC 6050Sociological Theory I3
SOC 6280Social Statistics3
SOC 7200Advanced Survey of Approaches and Techniques of Social Research3
SOC 7260Qualitative Sociology3
SOC 7999Master's Essay3
Electives15
Total Credits30

Applied Sociological Research Methodology

The M.A. in Sociology with a concentration in Applied Methodology research is offered under Plan B.

SOC 6280Social Statistics3
SOC 6290Advanced Social Statistics3
SOC 7000Internship in Applied Sociology3
SOC 7200Advanced Survey of Approaches and Techniques of Social Research3
SOC 7260Qualitative Sociology3
SOC 7270Analysis of Evaluation Data3
SOC 7280Analysis of Complex Survey Data3
SOC 7500Advanced Qualitative Methods3
SOC 7999Master's Essay3
Elective3
Total Credits30