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Master of Arts in Sociology

  • Major: Sociology
  • Degree Level/Code: Masters/MA (Master of Arts)
  • Area/Department: Sociology
  • Graduate School: Graduate School Website / Requirements, Deadlines and Directors
  • More Info: More info about the Sociology MA program
  • Career Options: Sociologists enter the corporate, non-profit, and government worlds as directors of research, policy analysts, consultants, human resource managers, and program managers. Practicing sociologists with advanced degrees may be called research analysts, survey researchers, gerontologists, statisticians, urban planners, community developers, criminologists, or demographers. Some sociologists with an MA or Ph.D. degree obtain specialized training to become counselors, therapists, or program directors in social service agencies.
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Quantitative and qualitative analysis of social issues and society

The Department of Sociology offers a graduate program leading to the Master of Arts degree in sociology, and participates in a graduate program leading to the Ph.D. degree in social psychology. The program of graduate studies in sociology is designed to prepare sociologists for careers in the academic world and in areas of policy-related research. The foundations of both theory and research are emphasized as valuable tools in the study of modern society and social relations in comparative and historical perspective.

Courses offered by the Sociology Department examine the development of social classes, gender roles, racial prejudices, social analysis of politics, economic structure, the development of modern industrial society, religion, law, and a variety of other issues relevant to the study of society and social structure.

These topics are studied at two different levels:

  1. Theoretical understanding of major social issues through critical analysis
  2. Practical application of research skills through training in statistics and research methods

The Department of Sociology has recently become part of the School of Social Research and Justice Studies, whose purpose is to facilitate and encourage interdisciplinary social research, especially in social justice and related areas, and to expedite and promote interdisciplinary teaching and development of degree programs among the constituent organizational elements making up the school.

Program Requirements

Candidates for the Master of Arts degree in sociology must satisfy the general requirements of the Graduate School and specific departmental requirements.

The Sociology MA consists of two plans based on whether the student crafts a research thesis. Learn more about those plans and the application process.

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