Graduate Program

The Sociology Department at Sam Houston State University offers a unique master's and certificate programs designed to meet the needs of active students and professionals. Both the Master of Arts in Sociology and Graduate Certificate in Sociology are an entirely online program designed to provide students with advanced instruction in quantitative and qualitative techniques of sociological research, theory and leading topical areas in sociology. In both programs, students develop the professional skills necessary to analyze social issues in applied settings and advance their careers. 

The graduate programs in sociology emphasize public sociology. Public Sociology refers to any effort to translate sociological perspectives and analyses beyond the academy. As a department, we strive to cultivate in our graduate students the desire and ability to translate their newly acquired expertise into practice and positive social change. This focus aligns with Sam Houston State University’s motto, “The measure of a life is its service.” Yet, beyond reflecting institutional values and reputation, our decision to identify with an approach to our discipline celebrates the diversity and success of our faculty’s wide-ranging methodological approaches and areas of specialization. The generalist approach we employ affords students flexibility to choose from a variety of course offerings, gain expertise in multiple methodological approaches, and effectively transition to multiple career opportunities on exiting our program (e.g., instruction and pedagogy, non-profit sectors, social services, and doctoral study). Our faculty’s commitment to Public Sociology takes many forms and ranges from community-based research and partnerships to publication of research briefs that seek to engage the broader public to engagement in local social movements.  

Why Earn Your MA or Graduate Certificate in Sociology at Sam?

Graduates from our Sociology program have found careers in all levels of government, non-profit organizations, and industry. Convenient online classes provide quality instruction that fits within your personal and professional schedule. In addition, the flexible degree plans allow students the opportunity to take courses in a related area of interest.

Who Benefits from a MA or Graduate Certficate in Sociology?

  • Students who plan to pursue doctoral studies in Sociology and are interested in research and instructional positions at a college or university
  • Practicing professionals who wish to enhance their analytical and applied research skills
  • Individuals seeking employment in government or private social service agencies


Degree Programs 

Graduate Catalog for Masters of Arts in Sociology

Graduate Catalog for 18-Credit Hour Graduate Certificate in Sociology

Graduate Handbook

2021-2022 Graduate Handbook

Faculty areas of specialization include:

  • Community Development
  • Environment 
  • Health and Medical Sociology
  • Food and Agriculture
  • Social Stratification and Inequality
  • Culture and Institutions
  • Economy and Society
  • Migration

For more information, email the Director of Graduate Studies.

We want to hear from you! For questions, concerns, or compliments please call (936-294-3424) or e-mail Dr. James Stykes, Director of Graduate Studies (936-294-4122).

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