MA in Sociology

In addition to the Graduate School requirements for admission, the department of sociology requires:

  1. A grade point average of at least 3.000 overall;
  2. One college algebra course and at least 15 credit hours in sociology including an introductory sociology course, one descriptive and inferential statistics course, two research methods courses, and one theory course (similar courses in other fields of study may be substituted at the discretion of the graduate coordinator);
  3. Three letters of reference from professors who are familiar with the student’s undergraduate coursework; and
  4. A typed, double-spaced statement of purpose (approximately 500 words) articulating the student’s area of research interests and academic/career goals.

Application for admission should be filed with the Graduate School and the sociology department by March 1 for enrollment the following fall. Students applying later may be considered if any openings in the program remain.

Program Requirements 

Students pursuing the MA degree in sociology may follow either a thesis or a nonthesis program.

Sixty percent of the credit hours in either program must be 700 level or above.

Thesis Program

Students in the thesis program must take a total of 32 credit hours, including:

SOC 860Proseminar - Sociology3
SOC 801Application of Advanced Statistical Techniques3
SOC 811Advanced Research: Quantitative Methods3
SOC 812Advanced Research: Qualitative Methods3
SOC 845Seminar in Sociological Theory3
SOC 875Thesis 13
SOC 876Thesis 13
Select sufficient electives (500-level or above) to total 32 credit hours including:11
One 800-level graduate seminar
Total Credit Hours32

Nonthesis Program

Students in the nonthesis program must take a total of 34 credit hours, including:

SOC 860Proseminar - Sociology3
SOC 812Advanced Research: Qualitative Methods3
SOC 845Seminar in Sociological Theory3
Complete 6 credit hours of the following course:6
Directed Project
Select sufficient electives (500-level or above) to total 34 credit hours, including:19
Two 800-level graduate seminars
Total Credit Hours34

Applied Learning

Students enrolled in the MA in sociology program are required to complete an applied learning or research experience to graduate. For thesis-track students, the requirement can by met by completing a master's thesis and oral defense.  For non-thesis track students, this can be achieved through the completion of the directed project.

Examinations

Students electing the thesis program in sociology must pass an oral defense of the thesis. The maximum number of attempts is two. If a student does not pass the oral defense on the first attempt, he or she may choose to switch to the nonthesis program or to make a second attempt at the oral defense. A student who does not pass the second attempt will be terminated from the program without a degree.