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Master of Arts in Sociology Graduate Program







Professional Paper/Thesis




Graduate Studies

"Unless a capacity for thinking be accompanied by a capacity for action, a superior mind exists in torture."

Charles Horton Cooley


Sam Houston State University Sociology Department is pleased to announce the introduction of its full online Master's Program. Students are able to take all required courses and fulfill the program's requirements online.

The Sociology Department at Sam Houston State University offers a unique master's degree program designed to meet the needs of busy professionals. This program focuses on building the valuable, usable skills needed to fast forward your career including skills in research grant writing, program evaluation, impact assessment, and community-based research.

"What can I do with a Masters degree in Sociology" from the American Sociological Association

Master of Arts (MA)

Program Length
36 Credit Hours

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.

Effective Fall 2014, students may select one of two degree tracks:

  1. Comprehensive Exam track
  2. Thesis track
  3. Professional Paper (phasing out Spring 2014)

Students deficient in Undergraduate Research Methods and/or Statistics must fulfill these requirements before enrolling in graduate program. Please email questions to Dr. Karen Douglas, Director of Graduate Studies.

Graduate Students

Faculty areas of specialization include:

  • Environment & Social Change & Development
  • Stratification
  • Culture & Institutions
  • Applied Sociology

Click here for information regarding tuition cost

For more information, email the Director of Graduate Studies; call 936-294-1513 or 936-294-4446.

If you have recently been admitted to the program or are a current graduate student, check out the new Graduate Student Orientation for the sociology program!

We want to hear from you! For questions, concerns, or compliments please call (936-294-1513) or e-mail the Director of Graduate Studies. You may also contact the Department Chair, Gene Theodori at 936-294-4143.





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