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2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Sociology, M.A.

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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; education; health; and immigration. Students gain expertise in sociological theory and both quantitative and qualitative research methods.

The deadline for applications is January 15th. Applications are accepted to begin studies during the Fall semester only. Applicants are encouraged to examine faculty research expertise through our web sites and publications. Applicants must provide evidence of an undergraduate grade point average no lower than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Additionally, letters of recommendation, an academic writing sample and statement of purpose and personal history 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 only 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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