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2018-2019 Catalog 
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Sociology, M.A.

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          Contact: Mitch Ylarregui, Graduate Program Coordinator, mylarregui@ucmerced.edu

The graduate degree in Sociology offers individualized, research-based, substantive training in social inequality (race/ethnicity, social class, gender and sexuality), political sociology and social movements; and organizations and institutions (education, occupations and work). Students gain expertise in sociological theory and both quantitative and qualitative research methods.

The deadline for applications is December 15th. Normally applications are accepted for Fall semester only. Applicants are encouraged to contact Sociology faculty before applying as fit with existing research programs is integral for admission. Applicants must provide evidence of an undergraduate grade point average no lower than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Additionally, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, and a statement of purpose will be evaluated by the admissions committee as determinants of an applicant’s potential for success in graduate education. Foreign students from non-English speaking counties must also take the TOEFL and TSE exams. Students are admitted to Sociology to work toward a Ph.D. degree. However, a Ph.D. student who has been in residence for at least four semesters, has completed all required graduate‐level coursework for the Master’s Degree, and is in good academic standing, may apply for a terminal Master’s Degree.

Master’s Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Synthesize, critique, and apply major sociological theories.
  2. Critique and evaluate qualitative and quantitative sociological research methods.
  3. Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, about sociological theories, arguments, methods, and concepts.

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