Sociology, M.S.

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The graduate program in sociology emphasizes the systematic study of social problems. Areas of study include deviance, gender and family, social inequality, and social institutions. Emphasis is placed on developing the capacity to conceptualize, investigate, and evaluate issues within a socio-cultural framework.

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 36 credits of study, including 18 credits of core course work and 18-21 credits oriented toward 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
36 credits (thesis), 36 credits (special project), and 39 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 (18 - credits)
SOC 500 - Society and the Individual – 3 credits
SOC 502 - Community Sociology – 3 credits
SOC 570 - Research Methods in Sociology – 3 credits
SOC 571 - Qualitative Research Methods – 3 credits
SOC 572 - Quantitative Research in Sociology – 3 credits
SOC 580 - Applied Sociological Theory – 3 credits
Course upon advisement

Electives (18 - 21 credits)

SOC 510-582 – 3 credits
Course must not be from above list. Students may also choose to take electives from any other subject. These courses must be the 500-level or higher. 

Capstone Requirement 
Choose One Track

Master's Thesis 

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

Requires 30 graduate credits (18 credits from Core Course Requirements and 12 credits from Electives) and successful completion of a thesis (6 credits) for a total of 36 credits.

Special Project

SOC 600 - Directed Independent Study and Research – 3 credits

Requires 36 credits (18 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 39 graduate credits (18 credits from Core Course Requirement and 21 credits from Electives) and passing a comprehensive examination covering research methods and two other areas of concentration.