Academic Catalog

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 applicant’s reasons for graduate study in Sociology, proposed areas of study, and career goals).
  5. Writing sample.
  6. G.R.E. scores.1 (submission of GRE scores is optional).
  7. TOEFL scores.2
1

G.R.E. scores will be considered, but will not be a binding criterion for admission. The Department realizes that scores on standardized tests are greatly influenced by social and cultural factors, and may not be accurate indicators of performance ability. A combined assessment of students' GPA, G.R.E. scores, transcripts, letters of recommendation, writing sample, and statements of interest will be used to make admissions decisions.

2

We are currently asking for paper-based TOEFL scores of 600 or above (or internet-based TOEFL scores of 100 or above) for entry into our Ph.D. program. Nonetheless, we will consider students who have a score of 550 or better on the paper version of the TOEFL (or 80 or better on the internet-based version of the TOEFL). The Department realizes that scores on standardized tests are greatly influenced by social and cultural factors, and may not be accurate indicators of performance ability.

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.

Program Requirements

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 6280Social Statistics3
SOC 7050Comparative Schools of Sociological Theory3
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 6280Social Statistics3
SOC 7050Comparative Schools of Sociological Theory3
SOC 7200Advanced Survey of Approaches and Techniques of Social Research3
SOC 7260Qualitative Sociology3
SOC 7999Master's Essay3
Electives15
Total Credits30

Applied Sociological Research Methodology Concentration

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

SOC 6280Social Statistics3
SOC 7200Advanced Survey of Approaches and Techniques of Social Research3
SOC 7000Internship in Applied Sociology3
SOC 7260Qualitative Sociology3
SOC 7270Analysis of Evaluation Data3
SOC 7280Analysis of Complex Survey Data3
SOC 7290Advanced Social Statistics3
SOC 7500Advanced Qualitative Methods3
SOC 7999Master's Essay3
Elective3
Total Credits30
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