The master's program emphasizes Sociological theory and methods. Some students earn the M.A. to prepare for positions as applied sociologists. Their work often includes field experience. Others view the M.A. degree as preparation for Ph.D. studies. An M.A. thesis or publishable paper describes results from the student's own original research.
M.A. Degree Requirements
1. Seven courses (26 credit hours), consisting of four required courses plus three electives:
- Sociology 900 (Proseminar in Sociology)
- Sociology 901 (Intermediate Statistics)
- Sociology 902 (Research Design)
- Sociology 911 (Theory I)
- Three additional graduate-level sociology courses
2. Master's Thesis
- Establish a committee by the second semester
- Develop proposal
- Conduct original research
- Write thesis
- Register for 6-10 thesis credits (Sociology 899)
Full-time students typically complete their course requirements within their first three semesters of graduate study. Subsequently, top priority goes to completion of the M.A. thesis. Successful completion of the thesis constitutes the capstone experience for the M.A. degree.