The Master of Arts in Sociology is designed to provide students with advanced and up-dated instruction in quantitative and qualitative techniques of sociological research, statistics, and theory. Students will develop the advanced professional skills necessary to analyze social issues in applied settings. These skills include research grant writing, program evaluation, impact assessment, and community-based research.
Students seeking admission to the graduate program in Sociology must submit the following documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions:
- Graduate Application
- Application fee
- Official transcripts from the baccalaureate degree granting institution (minimum 3.0 overall GPA)
- Official GRE scores. Under certain circumstances, we will consider waiving the GRE requirement. A written request justifying the waiver (e.g., existing Masters degree, etc. ) must accompany the application
- Two letters of recommendation
A holistic review of each student’s application file will be completed on a competitive basis.
The Master of Arts in Sociology requires a minimum of 36 hours of graduate credit, 24 of which must be in Sociology and must be in courses numbered 5000. In addition, all students must write a professional paper. While the overall topic of the professional paper is the choice of the student, the specifics will be decided upon by the Director of Graduate Studies in conjunction with appropriate faculty.
Professional papers will be finalized in SOCI 6098. The semester before enrolling in SOCI 6098, students must submit to the Director of Graduate Studies a 10-15 page paper that will serve as a draft for the professional paper. This paper may be a paper you have previously written for a course that you would like to expand into a professional paper. The deadline for submission for spring enrollment is December 1st and May 1st for fall enrollment. Students are encouraged to submit a draft before the deadline. Students will not be permitted to register for SOCI 6098 until the draft has been received and reviewed.
Once submitted, the paper will be reviewed by SHSU faculty who will make recommendations for revision and development. Feedback will be provided by October 15th for spring enrollment and March 15th for fall enrollment.
Once feedback has been provided, the student will develop a detailed revision plan for the professional paper. This plan must be submitted to the Director of Graduate Studies by the first day of the enrolling semester.
Enrolling in SOCI 6098 Professional Paper Practicum does not ensure the requirements for graduation have been met. The professional paper must meet the “Proficient” standard on all sections as determined by the supervising faculty and the Professional Paper committee.
Degree Plan - M.A. in Sociology
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