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Master of Arts (M.A.)

College: College of Liberal Arts & Communication

Department: Criminology, Sociology, and Geography


The Department of Criminology, Sociology, and Geography at Arkansas State University - Jonesboro offers a General M.A. Degree in Sociology and a M.A. degree in Sociology with a Concentration in Criminology. The program is designed to prepare students for entry into Ph.D. programs and provides skills and training necessary for employment as professional sociologists and in other related occupations.

Some M.A. recipients go directly into teaching at the community college or high school level. Others enter the corporate, non-profit and government worlds as directors of research, policy analysts, consultants, human resource managers and program managers. Some may become program directors in social service agencies. Some outstanding students go on to doctoral programs after earning the M.A. degree.

We are looking for students who are curious about the social world, academically dedicated, and committed to the examination of society.


Curriculum and degree requirements can be found in the most current Graduate Bulletin.

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Admission Requirements:

Students seeking admission into the Master of Arts degree program in Sociology must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School and the specific program requirements. The specific program requirements are as follows. The student must have:

  • a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.00;
  • a minimum of eighteen (18) undergraduate hours in Sociology;
  • an overall minimum GPA of 3.00 in undergraduate Sociology courses;
  • a minimum grade of B in the following undergraduate courses, or their recognized equivalents:
    • SOC 2213, Introduction to Sociology
    • SOC 3383, Social Statistics, and SOC 3381, Social Statistics Laboratory
    • SOC 4293, Methods of Social Research
    • SOC 4243, Social Theory.