Sociology, M.S.

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The graduate program in sociology is designed to provide students training in research methods and theories of our disciplines that may be used to identify and address a wide range of social issues that directly and indirectly affect individuals and their communities. The program specifically emphasizes social justice, identifying its barriers and constraints, and seeking ways to mitigate them.

Admission Requirements

All transcripts and graduate application should be sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions. The Sociology Department requires that the following material be sent to the Graduate Studies office:

To be accepted into the Sociology Department's Master of Science degree program, candidates must have a cumulative undergraduate quality point ratio of 3.0 or higher.

Candidates with less than a 3.0 but at least a 2.5 cumulative undergraduate quality point ratio may be given conditional acceptance into the program, provided their application files are complete and satisfactory. Upon completion of three courses with a grade point ratio of "B" or higher, candidates may be given unconditional acceptance into the program. A limited number of candidates are awarded conditional acceptance each year.

Candidates with less than a 2.5 but at least a 2.0 cumulative undergraduate quality point ratio can take classes on a non-matriculated basis. After completion of three courses with a "B" or higher and a complete and satisfactory application file, candidates may apply for acceptance into the program. Acceptance is not guaranteed upon completion of 9 credits.

The M.S. planned program consists of a minimum of 30 credits of study, including 9 credits of core course work and 21 credits oriented towards the unique interests and capstone requirements of individual students. Students with very strong undergraduate backgrounds in sociology may also be allowed to take as many as two courses from other departments.

Program Sequence
30 credits (thesis), 30 credits (special project), and 30 credits (comprehensive examination)

As sequencing changes, it is highly recommended that students meet with their program advisor to finalize a list of requirements for graduation.  

Core Course Requirements (9 - credits)
SOC 500 - Sociology and Social Justice - 3 credits
SOC 570 - Applied Research in Sociology – 3 credits
SOC 580 - Applied Theories of Social Justice – 3 credits

Electives (21 credits)

SOC 510-582 – 3 credits
Elective courses must not be from above list. Students may request to take no more than 6 credits in electives from another discipline. These courses must be the 500-level or higher. Students may request to take no more than 6 credits in electives from undergraduate sociology in areas of study  not expected to be offered at the graduate level during the student's tenure.

Capstone Requirement 
Choose One Track

Master's Thesis
Special Project
Comprehensive Examination

Master's Thesis 

SOC 590 - Thesis Proposal in Sociology – 3 credits
SOC 591 - Thesis Research in Sociology – 3 credits

Requires 24 graduate credits (9 credits from Core Course Requirements and 15 credits from Electives) and successful completion of a thesis (6 credits) for a total of 30 credits.

Special Project

SOC 600 - Directed Independent Study and Research – 3 credits

Requires 24 credits (9 credits from Core Course Requirement and 15 credits from Electives) of approved course work and completion of a special project (3-credits) conducted under the supervision of an approved department faculty member.

Comprehensive Examination

Requires 30 graduate credits (9 credits from Core Course Requirement and 21 credits from Electives) and passing a comprehensive examination covering research methods, social-theory and one other area of concentration.