Master of Arts in Sociology

The Master of Arts in Sociology has been suspended and no new applications are being accepted at this time.

Admission Requirements

The applicant must meet the School of Graduate Studies’ current minimum general admission requirements as published in the graduate catalog.

  1. A four-year bachelor’s degree from a recognized college or university.
  2. A minimum of twenty semester hours of undergraduate sociology or related fields with an overall grade point average of 3.00 (A=4.0), a GPA of at least 3.25 for the last two years of undergraduate study; and 3.25 GPA in their major.
  3. Satisfy the School of Graduate Studies’ English Language Proficiency requirements as published in the graduate catalog.
  4. Approved status presupposes some undergraduate training in methods of social research, statistics, and sociological theory and social psychology with a minimum grade of B in each.

Degree Requirements

Thesis Option:

  1. A minimum of 30 semester credits in a sociology track, including the credits granted for the thesis and the research leading to the thesis.
  2. At least one-half of the credits must be at or above the 500-level.
  3. A maximum of one-fourth (usually 8-9 semester credits) of the credit hours required for the degree may be transferred from another institution.
  4. Program work must include 7-9 credits in courses for a chosen sociology track, including approved courses from other designated university departments. 
  5. Program must include a systematic treatment of the field of sociological theory plus sufficient training in research methods and statistical techniques to assure understanding and competence in their use.
  6. Required Courses (grade of “B” or better is required for all of the following):
SOC 500Professional Seminar1
SOC 510Sociological Inquiry3
SOC 511Contemporary Sociological Theory3
SOC 520Advanced Research Design3
SOC 521Advanced Statistical Methods3
Select two of the following:
Seminar in Research Methods
Seminar in Social Problems
Seminar in Sociology
Seminar in Social Policy
Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship
Selected Track:
General Track
7-9 credits of electives as determined by the student and their advisor
College Teaching Track
7 to 9 credits of electives including SOC 592, 594, 599 and/or courses from the following choices:
The College Student
Collegiate Environments
College Teaching
Assessment in Higher Education
Adult Learners
The Professoriate
Criminal Justice Track
7 to 9 credits of electives including SOC 592, 594, 599 and/or courses from the following choices:
Historical Perspectives in Criminology
Contemporary Perspectives in Criminology
Human Nature and Crime
Theories of Punishment
Seminar in Juvenile Justice
Seminar in Criminal Justice Policy
Seminar in Rural Justice Issues
Seminar in Tribal Justice Systems
Victimology
For CJ courses, the prerequisite requiring admission to the Criminal Justice Ph.D. program will be waived for Sociology MA students pursuing the Criminal Justice track.
Health and Human Services Track
7 to 9 credits of electives including SOC 592, 594, 599 and/or courses from the following choices:
Program Evaluation
Needs Assessment
SOC 998Thesis1-9
Total Credits30-32

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