MA Concentration in Criminology

The MA in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology 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 at the Ph.D. level, for research and administrative positions in public or private organizations, and for teaching sociology in a variety of settings. All of the students in the program acquire a general foundation in sociology and a concentration in criminology.

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

Degree Requirements

Required Core Courses (21)
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 651 Criminology (3)
SOC 653 Social Control (3)
SOC 601 Seminar in Criminological Analysis (3)
SOC 614 Contemporary Sociological Theory (3)

Electives (6)
With prior approval of the advisor, a student will select 6 hours from other 500-or 600-level sociology courses 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
Dr. Cindy Brooks Dollar
Office 329 Graham

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