Graduate Program

"Neither the life of an individual nor the history of a society can be understood without understanding both."

— C. Wright Mills

Master of Arts (MA)

Program Length
37 Credit Hours

The Sociology Department at Sam Houston State University offers a unique master's degree program designed to meet the needs of active students and professionals. The Master of Arts in Sociology is an entirely online program designed to supply students with advanced instruction in quantitative and qualitative techniques of sociological research, statistics, and theory. In the program students develop the professional skills necessary to analyze social issues in applied settings and advance their careers. These skills include grant writing, program evaluation, impact assessment, and community-based research.

Why Earn Your MA 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 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

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

Degree Tracks

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

  1. Thesis Track
  2. Non-Thesis Track: Comprehensive Exam track

Faculty areas of specialization include:Sociology Grad Students at Dinner

  • Community Development
  • Environment and Natural Resources
  • Health and Medical Sociology
  • Rural Sociology
  • Disasters
  • Food and Agriculture
  • Social Stratification and Inequality
  • Culture and Institutions
  • Theory
  • 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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