The M.A. program in sociology offers preparation for advanced graduate training, teaching, and employment in various government and private agencies.
The Department of Sociology and Anthropology has a policy document, available upon request, that describes the organization of the M.A. program. You consult with a faculty committee to design your program, which involves selecting courses and choosing between thesis and nonthesis options. A minimum of 50 hours of graduate coursework is required for the degree, plus examinations, a major paper, or a thesis. While the bulk of the coursework must be done in sociology, you also may take a limited number of courses in related fields. The program is flexible and is designed to provide a fundamental grounding in theory and methods while allowing students to pursue specialized interests. The department has particular strengths in criminology, social inequality, gender studies, social psychology, and research methods. Upon request, a list of faculty members and their interests will be provided by the department. You should allow for four to six quarters of study.
You should have completed a minimum of 20 hours in sociology, including courses in statistics, methods, and theory. To apply, you should have an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and at least a 3.0 GPA in undergraduate courses in sociology. The department requires GRE scores. Submit to the Graduate College an application for admission and transcripts of all academic work; submit to the Department of Sociology and Anthropology a written statement of the area or areas of the discipline in which you are interested and why you want to study sociology, a sample of your written academic work, and letters of reference from three persons qualified to evaluate your capacity for graduate study in sociology. International students whose native language is not English must also submit the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores.
Applications for admission are accepted until six weeks before the beginning of a quarter (three months for applications from abroad). Applications for financial awards ordinarily must be completed by March 1.
A limited number of graduate assistantships and Recruitment stipends are available. For information, write to the chair of the sociology graduate committee.