Sociology, M.S.

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Application Deadline

Rolling admissions; Admitted students may begin in Fall or Spring semesters

Master of Science in Sociology Degree Program

The Master of Science in Sociology graduate program 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, seeking ways to mitigate them.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the Application for Admission to Graduate Study, transcripts, application fee and University immunization requirements, all applicants seeking admission to the M.S. Sociology program must submit the following documents directly to the School of Graduate and Professional Studies:

To be granted unconditional acceptance 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 2.0 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.

Candidates with less than 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.

Program Sequence

The M.S. Sociology program of study consists of 30 credits, including 9 credits of core course work and 21 elective credits oriented towards the unique interests and capstone requirements of individual students.

Students must meet with the M.S. Sociology program coordinator 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

Capstone Requirement - Choose One Track
Master Thesis
Special Project
Comprehensive Examination

Elective Coursework (21 credits)
SOC 501 to SOC 600 – 3 credits each

Students will complete 21 credits of elective coursework. Capstone track will inform elective coursework selection: Thesis students must complete SOC 590 & SOC 591 as part of their elective coursework; Special Project students must complete SOC 600 as part of their elective coursework. Students may request to take no more than 6 credits in electives from another discipline. These courses must be at the 500 level or higher.

Master Thesis

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

The M.S. Sociology thesis capstone option is designed for students interested in conducting a sociological empirical study. Students planning to apply to doctoral programs or anticipating a career in research are encouraged to select thesis. In addition to 9 credits of core and 15 credits of elective coursework, this option requires successful completion of both SOC 590 Thesis Proposal in Sociology and SOC 591 Thesis Research in Sociology, and an approved thesis.

The M.S. Sociology program encourages careful coordination and preparation for the capstone thesis project. Those electing to complete the thesis capstone should plan to do so in their final two semesters of study. It is the candidate's responsibility to have formulated a preliminary idea to be researched and to seek out a faculty member in the Sociology Department who is interested in serving as a thesis sponsor. The normal sequence is to first register for SOC 590 Thesis Proposal in Sociology.  Upon approval of the thesis proposal by the faculty sponsor, one reader, and graduate dean, the student next registers for SOC 591 Thesis Research in Sociology and completes the thesis. The completed thesis is reviewed for acceptance by the sponsor and thesis committee prior to submission for final approval by the School of Graduate and Professional Studies.

The thesis option is granted to students who have accumulated at least fifteen graduate credits in Sociology including SOC 570 (Applied Research in Sociology), at Southern Connecticut State University with a grade point average of "B+" (3.3).

Students selecting this option should apply to the Graduate Coordinator no later than the second week of classes in the semester prior to registration for SOC 590 Thesis Proposal in Sociology. SOC 590 and SOC 591 may be scheduled during fall, spring or summer terms.

Special Project

SOC 600 - Directed Independent Study and Research – 3 credits

The M.S. Sociology special project capstone option is designed for students interested in engaging in sociological praxis. Projects may involve collaboration with external agencies (e.g. non-profit organizations), faculty, and peers. Students work with a Sociology faculty sponsor to devise a project. All completed special projects must be documented in a written report. In addition to 9 credits of core and 18 credits of elective coursework, this option requires successful completion of SOC 600 Directed Independent Study and Research and an approved special project.

The M.S. Sociology program encourages careful coordination and preparation for the capstone special project. The special project is to be completed under the supervision of one faculty sponsor and with approval of at least one faculty reader and department chairperson. Those electing to complete the special project should plan to do so in their final semester of study.

Students selecting this option should apply to the Graduate Coordinator no later than the second week of classes in the semester prior to which they intend to begin the project. Special project may be scheduled during fall, spring or summer terms.

Comprehensive Examination

The comprehensive examination is the standard capstone option for students in the M.S. Sociology program, outside of thesis and special project. In addition to 9 credits of core and 21 credits of elective course work, this option requires passing a written comprehensive examination. Students should plan their courses so that they are well prepared for the different sections of the exam. Students must complete and pass a comprehensive examination covering research methods, social theory and one other self-identified area of concentration. The comprehensive exam will be scheduled twice a year, in April and November. Students selecting this option should apply to the Graduate Coordinator no later than the second week of classes of the semester in which they intend to take the exam. Students will complete their examination in their final semester of study.