Application Deadlines
Fall:January 15
Contact Information: 
2008 JFSB
Program Requirements: 

The master’s degree prepares students for two career paths: (1) doctoral work beyond the master’s degree and (2) professional careers at the master’s level as teachers and researchers.  

Requirements for Degree.

  • Credit hours (minimum 35): 29 course hours, including at least 23 hours of formal course work in sociology, plus 6 hours of thesis credits (Soc 699R). Only course work with a grade of B– or better is acceptable.
  • Required courses: Soc 600, 604, 605, 610; and for first-year graduate students 598R in fall and winter; minimum 15 additional hours of graduate sociology course work; demonstration of competence in sociological theory, research methods, and statistics.
  • Thesis.
  • Examination: oral defense of thesis.
Admission Requirements: 


GRE is optional

Additional Requirements

  1. Statement of intent
  2. Writing sample
  3. GRE is optional
Program Outcomes: 

Sociology Fundamentals and Specialization

Graduates will have a broad understanding of sociology as a discipline and a deeper understanding of at least one substantive area within sociology.

Sociological Theory

Graduates will be conversant in sociological theory, sufficient to participate meaningfully in current theoretical debates.

Research Design and Reporting

Graduates will be able to design and conduct sociological research.

Effective Communication

Graduates will be able to present original sociological research or theory for a scholarly audience, both orally and in writing.