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 based on the last 60 credit hours of coursework;
  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.

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
1

A maximum of 6 thesis credit hours can be counted toward program requirements.

Sixty percent of the 32 credit hours must be 700 level or above.

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

Sixty percent of the 34 credit hours must be 700 level or above.

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.