A minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate credit is required for the master’s degree. Many students are able to complete the program in two semesters plus a summer (that is, a calendar year). Others may take longer, as provision must be made for the master's thesis, comprehensive examinations, or applied/policy project.
Students must take 30 hours of graduate-level sociology courses:
Candidates are expected to demonstrate competence at the master’s level in sociological theory, research methods, and to show proficiency in their chosen areas of concentration through a thesis, comprehensive exams, or applied/policy project.
The department is quite flexible in evaluating undergraduate experience. However, requirements include a minimum of 20 hours in sociology (with a g.p.a. of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale) including courses in statistics, methods, and theory. Applicants must have earned an overall g.p.a. of at least 3.0. GRE scores are recommended but not required. These scores are one component of a larger evaluation of an application and offer additional information in the overall assessment. To apply, a completed application for admission and transcripts of all academic work must be submitted with your online application. Please attach to the online application a written statement describing areas of interest and reasons for wanting to study sociology, a writing sample such as a term paper, and letters of reference from three persons qualified to evaluate capability for graduate study in sociology (at least two letters should come from college instructors). International students whose native language is not English must also submit Test of English as a Foreign language (TOEFL) scores.
Deadlines for Admission
February 15: Fall Deadline for consideration for funding
March 15: Fall Deadline (no department funding)
October 15: Spring Deadline (no department funding)
Deadlines are for completeapplication files, which means that all information and documents requested must be submitted by the deadline, including written statement, writing sample, all transcripts, GRE score, TOEFL (for international applicants), and letters of recommendation. Further information about admission requirements is available in the online graduate catalog.
Prospective students seeking information on application procedures should send an e-mail to Department Administrator Ann Bennett. Further questions about the program may be directed to Dr. Debra Henderson, Graduate Director.