Dec 15, 2019  
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Sociology MA

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Program Requirements

The MA program in Sociology provides a coherent, progressive educational experience that prepares students for either immediate entry to a master’s-level career or continued study in a PhD program.  Students choose from two options for their Comprehensive Paper that completes the master’s degree: either a 3-credit project report that accompanies a 3-credit internship, or a 6-credit thesis.  The program also offers 3 concentration areas (Crime, Law & Deviance; Health & Society; Family, Social Services & Community) for students seeking specialization in high-demand career areas. 

Required Courses

Tier 1 Knowledge

This includes 5 courses required for all graduate students. SOCY 5000 must be taken in the first fall semester. SOCY 5024 must be taken before SOCY 5183 and SOCY 5193. Students must earn a B or better in all core courses.

Tier 1 total: 15 Credits

Tier 2 Knowledge Applied to Substantive Areas

  • 12 elective credits (students choosing a concentration must apply 9 of these credits to that area)
Tier 2 total: 12 Credits

Tier 3 Comprehensive Paper

Tier 3 total: 6 Credits

Plans of Study

Students must choose one of the following Comprehensive Paper options:

Thesis Option Requirements

Core course requirements                       15 Credits

Four substantive area courses                12 Credits

Master’s Thesis                                         6 Credits

Thesis Option Total: 33 Credits

Project Report Option Requirements

Core course requirements                       15 Credits

Four substantive area courses                15 Credits

Internship                                                   3 Credits

Master’s Report                                         3 Credits

Project Report Option Total: 33 Credits

Substantive Area Requirements (12 credits for both options)

Students can take an unlimited number of sociology graduate (5000-level) seminars to fulfill their 12 elective credits requirement, or a combination of the following:

  • Independent study: maximum 6 semester hours
  • Graduate level courses in other departments: maximum 6 semester hours
  • Internship: maximum 3 semester hours

Students pursuing one of the concentration areas should work closely with the Graduate Program Director or their Academic Advisor to verify that 9 credits of selected courses qualify for the chosen concentration area.

For further information about the Department of Sociology or the MA program, visit the Sociology website.

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