M.A. in Sociology

The MA in Sociology offers a thesis and a non-thesis option. The thesis option requires 33 semester hours, including 6 hours of thesis. The non-thesis option requires 33 semester hours, including a 6-hour internship.

The program prepares students for further study in particular at the Ph.D. level, for research and administrative positions in public or private organizations, and for teaching sociology in a variety of settings.

Application and Admission
For information regarding deadlines and requirements for admission, please see the Guide to Graduate Admissions.

Degree Requirements

Required Core Courses (12)
SOC 593 Thesis Seminar (Thesis Option) (3) or SOC 599 Internship in Sociology (non-Thesis Option) (3)
SOC 616 Advanced Research Methods (3)
SOC 618 Advanced Data Analysis (3)
SOC 614 Contemporary Sociological Theory (3)

Area Courses (9)
Nine hours are selected from the following:
SOC 571 Advanced Topics in Social Psychology (3)
SOC 636 Seminar in Social Inequalities: Theory and Research (3)
SOC 640 Cultural Sociology (3)
SOC 644 Sociology of Globalization (3)

Electives (6)
With prior approval of the advisor, a student will select 6 hours from other 500-or 600-level sociology or social science courses in other departments.

Comprehensive Examination
Successful completion of a thesis proposal or internship proposal defense satisfies the comprehensive examination requirement.

Capstone Experience

Thesis Option (6)
SOC 699 Thesis (1-6)

Non-thesis Option (6)
SOC 695 Internship (3-6)


For more information contact:

Director of Graduate Studies
Sarah Daynes
Office 329 Graham

To apply, please visit: