Degree Requirements for the Master of Arts
The Master's degree is completed by passing ten courses (30 credit hours) and completing the requirements for either the Academic Master’s Degree or the Applied Master’s Degree. The Academic Master’s Degree is particularly suitable for students planning for scholarly careers in teaching colleges and research universities. The Applied Master’s Degree is particularly suitable for students interested in practicing sociology in an applied setting (e.g., academic administration or policy research) after receiving their M.A. Students interested in both types of careers are encouraged to meet the requirements for both Academic and Applied M.A. degrees.
The Academic Master’s Degree
To receive an Academic Master’s Degree, the student must complete ten courses, including five required courses, and a Master's Examination, including a Master’s Thesis or Paper.
The core required courses for the Academic M.A. are:
- A two semester sequence in sociological theory (SC715/SOCY7715, SC716/SOCY7716)
- A one semester course, Social Inquiry Research Seminar (SC710/SOCY7710)
- A two semester sequence in statistics (SC702/SOCY7702, SC703/SOCY7703)
The Applied Master’s Degree
To receive an Applied Master’s Degree, the student must complete a Plan of Study in collaboration with a departmental advisor, have that Plan of Study approved by the Graduate Program Director, and complete ten courses, including six required courses.
The core required courses for the Applied M.A. are:
- One semester of sociological theory (either SC715/SOCY7715 or SC716/SOCY7716)
- A two-semester sequence in statistics (SC702/SOCY7702 and SC703/SOCY7703)
- Either three additional courses in research methods (including statistical methods), or two additional courses in research methods (including statistical methods) and SC540/SOCY5540 (Internship in Sociology). With permission of the Director of Graduate Studies, the student may substitute an applied course aimed at building career skills (such as a course in writing grant proposals) for one of these three courses.
For more details on the requirements for the M.A. in sociology, see the department's Guide to Graduate Study*.
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