Curriculum Requirements

SOC 601Classical Sociological Theory3
SOC 604Proseminar in Sociology1
SOC 609Social Statistics3
SOC 610Advanced Research Methods3
or SOC 613 Qualitative Research Methods
SOC 611Advanced Sociological Statistical Analysis I3
Select one of the following:
SOC 615Class Structure and Social Stratification3
or SOC 616 Social Psychology: Sociological Perspectives
Three additional courses 19
SOC 810Master's Thesis6
Additional Requirements
Students must submit and successfully defend a thesis in accordance with graduate school policy
Total Credit Hours31

These should include beginning PhD. courses.


An M.A. in sociology is offered as the first step in the PhD.


A minimum of 31 credit hours at the graduate level 600 of which 6 must be taken in thesis work. Funded full time students will complete 36 credits as a result of funding requirements.


A maximum of 6 credit hours can be transferred from acceptable graduate institutions.


3 credit hours of course work may be earned in a related discipline. Such course selections must have prior departmental approval.


The completion of all other requirements stated in sections of the Bulletin devoted to requirements for the Master’s Degree and General Information.