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Master of Arts (M.A.)
Offered By: College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Graduate School
Application Deadline: May 1 for Summer or Fall Terms, November 1 for Spring Term (Priority Deadlines)


The M.A. Degree in Sociology 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.

  • Prerequisites

    Students seeking admission into the Master of Arts degree program in Sociology must have:

    • 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

  • Admission Process

    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, or a minimum of 3.0 for the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work completed.

  • Additional Information

    Priority Deadlines for Admission and for consideration for Graduate Assistantships are:

    May 1st for Summer or Fall Admission

    November 1st for Spring Admission