Sociology M.A. Degree Requirements
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.
Three Required Graduate Courses
- SOC 6160 (Theory)
- SOC 6540 (Methods)
- SOC 6010 (Qualitative Methods) OR SOC 5500 (Data Analysis)
Two Graduate Seminars
6000 Level Sociology Courses. Seminar in Teaching not counted.
Two Graduate Courses: Seminars OR Dual-Listed
Thesis, Applied or Policy Project, or Examinations
Two Additional Hours of
- SOC 5930 (Specialized Readings)
- SOC 5931 (Research Problems)
- SOC 6920 (Practicum)
- SOC 6931 (Independent Study)
- SOC 6950 (Thesis)
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.