Graduate Program

Important Update

As we monitor novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we are committed to supporting students, faculty and staff and ensuring that all students can fulfill their academic requirements as planned.

As of 3/18/20, The Sociology Department office is closed. All staff and faculty are teleworking.

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The Master of Arts in Sociology

The Master of Arts in Sociology provides students with theoretical and methodological skills necessary to undertake analysis of contemporary social issues and problems. The curriculum prepares students who wish to pursue further graduate education in sociology or related fields, applied research, and teaching at the collegiate level. Check out where our Graduate Program Alumni are now. 

The curriculum consists of 35 graduate hours with four core classes, one additional methods course, five electives or tutorials, and two courses towards a thesis or research practicum.

Our areas of expertise include:

  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Social Stratification
  • Race and Gender
  • Public Policy
  • Organizations
  • Health Research
  • Political Sociology
  • Mathematical Sociology
  • Evolutionary Sociology
  • Theory
  • For more information on specializations click here

Admission and Progression Requirements, and all Program Requirements can be found in the Graduate Catalog. Please see the information below:


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For further information, contact the Graduate Director, Dr. Yang Cao or via phone at 704‑687‑8177.