M.A. in Sociology

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Program Description


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.


Admissions


Students seeking admission to the graduate program in Sociology must submit the following documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  1. Graduate Application
  2. Application fee
  3. Official transcripts from the baccalaureate degree granting institution (minimum 3.0 overall GPA)
  4. 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
  5. Two letters of recommendation
  6. Essay detailing interest in the program.

A holistic review of each student’s application file will be completed on a competitive basis.


Degree Requirements

The Master of Arts in Sociology requires a minimum of 36 hours of graduate credit, 27 of which must be in Sociology and must be in courses numbered 5000. M.A. candidates in Sociology are expected to 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 can select between a Thesis Option and a Non-Thesis Option.

Requirements

  • Thesis Option (36 semester hours):
    • Minimum of 18 hours of core graduate course work
      • Must complete 15 hours of Core Requirements including SOCI 6098 and SOCI 6099
      • Must complete 3 hours of the Applied Core Requirements
    • Minimum of 18 credit hours of Sociology Electives
  • Non-Thesis Options (36 semester hours):
    • Minimum of 12 hours of core graduate course work
      • Must complete 9 hours of Core Requirements
      • Must complete 3 hours of Applied Core Requirements
    • Minimum of 24 hours of Sociology Electives

Required Courses

Students pursuing a Master's Degree in Sociology must take the following core courses:

  • Seminar in Sociological Theory (SOCI 5310)
  • Seminar in Sociological Research (SOCI 5312)
  • Social Statistics (SOCI 5314)
  • Thesis Proposal/Practicum (SOCI 6098)*
  • Thesis (SOCI 6099)*

Students must also take at least one among the remaining applied core courses:

  • Research Proposal Writing in the Social Sciences (SOCI 5378)
  • Social Impact Assessment & Program Evaluation (SOCI 5380)
  • Applied Research Methods (SOCI 5376)
  • Qualitative Research Methods (SOCI 5313)

*Courses SOCI 6098 and SOCI 6099 are only required for students who choose the thesis option MA Degree Plan.

Degree Plan 1 - M.A. in Sociology - Thesis Option

Item
Requirement
Options
Hours
Required
1
Specified
Courses

Choose all from:
SOCI 5314 <SOC 543> Social Statistics
SOCI 5312 <SOC 567> Seminar in Sociological Research
SOCI 5310 <SOC 585> Seminar in Sociological Theory
SOCI 6098 <SOC 698> Thesis Practicum (Professional Paper)

SOCI 6099 <SOC 699> Thesis

15
2
Applied Core Electives

Choose one from:
SOCI 5376 <SOC 532> Applied Research Methods
SOCI 5378 <SOC 568> Techniques of Research Proposal Writing in the Social Sciences
SOCI 5380 <SOC 577> Social Impact Assessment and Program Evaluation

SOCI 5313 Qualitative Research Methods

3
3 SOCI Electives Choose at least four from:
SOCI 5320 <SOC 576> Sociology of Community
SOCI 5351 <SOC 564> Seminar in Environmental Sociology
SOCI 5324 <SOC 589> Seminar in Social Change and Development

SOCI 5322 <SOC 537> Seminar in Medical Sociology
SOCI 5353 <SOC 565> Seminar in Race and Ethnic Studies
SOCI 5355 <SOC 582> Seminar in Social Inequality
SOCI 5337 <SOC 587> Gender and Society
SOCI 5324 <SOC 589> Seminar in Social Change and Development

SOCI 5331 <SOC 572> Sociology of the Family
12
4 Other Electives Choose two from:
Graduate Courses1
6
TOTAL
36
Notes:
1 Courses must be approved by the Graduate Advisor.

Degree Plan 2 - M.A. in Sociology - Non-Thesis Option

Item
Requirement
Options
Hours
Required
1
Specified
Courses
Choose all from:
SOCI 5314 <SOC 543> Social Statistics
SOCI 5312 <SOC 567> Seminar in Sociological Research
SOCI 5310 <SOC 585> Seminar in Sociological Theory
9
2
Applied Core Electives
Choose one from:
SOCI 5376 <SOC 532> Applied Research Methods
SOCI 5378 <SOC 568> Techniques of Research Proposal Writing in the Social Sciences
SOCI 5380 <SOC 577> Social Impact Assessment and Program Evaluation
3
3 SOCI Electives Choose at least six from:
SOCI 5320 <SOC 576> Sociology of Community
SOCI 5351 <SOC 564> Seminar in Environmental Sociology
SOCI 5324 <SOC 589> Seminar in Social Change and Development

SOCI 5322 <SOC 537> Seminar in Medical Sociology
SOCI 5353 <SOC 565> Seminar in Race and Ethnic Studies
SOCI 5355 <SOC 582> Seminar in Social Inequality
SOCI 5337 <SOC 587> Gender and Society
SOCI 5324 <SOC 589> Seminar in Social Change and Development

SOCI 5331 <SOC 572> Sociology of the Family
18
4 Other Electives Choose two from:
Graduate Courses1
6
TOTAL
36
Notes:
1 Courses must be approved by the Graduate Advisor.

 


Courses

Sociology (SOCI)

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