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Sociology | Master's Program

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MA in Sociology


Degree Requirements

  • 36 credit hours of approved graduate work, including the research requirement 
  • Tool of research: SOCY 621 Quantitative Analysis and SOCY 623 Qualitative Research
  • One comprehensive examination covering sociological theory and methods of social research: the comprehensive examination consists of a meeting of the student with his or her faculty committee to discuss the written proposal for the thesis or final project. The proposal and examination shall cover theoretical background, methodological approaches(s), details of the intended study, and an initial bibliography. The exam will emphasize both the student's preparation in theory and methods and the study plan. For full-time students, the examination meeting will take place by the fourth week of the fall semester of the second year. For students who begin in the spring semester, or who study part-time, an equivalent timetable for the examination will be established to assure timely preparation of the proposal for the thesis or final project.
  • Research requirement: SOCY-797 Master’s Thesis Research (3 or 6 credit hours), the thesis offers students the opportunity to specialize as well as further develop research skills. Students chose the subject of the thesis in consultation with their advisor or SOCY-795 Master’s Research: Independent Study (3), completion of a substantial research report related to the student’s field of interest under the guidance of a professor of the student’s choice and an advanced course in statistical methods, an advanced seminar in the student’s field of interest, or an independent study course in the field of interest (3) 
  • All course work taken for the research requirement must be completed with grades of B or better. 

Course Requirements

  • SOCY-621 Quantitative Analysis (3)
  • SOCY-623 Qualitative Research (3)
  • SOCY-795 Master’s Research: Independent Study (3) or SOCY-797 Master’s Thesis Research (3–6)
  • 21-24 credit hours of approved graduate level electives