Graduate Program

Applying for the Master's Degree Program in Sociology

The master's degree program in sociology accepts applications for both the Fall and Spring semesters. Please contact the Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Lauren McDonald at: if you have any questions. 

Admission for the Spring 2017 Semester

Priority Date: September 15, 2016

Final Application Deadline: November 18, 2016

Admission for the Fall 2017 Semester - April 14, 2017 - The website will be updated with more information about Fall 2017 admissions in December.

Rolling Admissions - Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning September 15, 2016. The Graduate Committee will evaluate completed applications as they arrive and provide applicants with a decision within two weeks.

Spring 2017 Application Process & Checklist

Applying for Financial Aid

Standards for Application Review

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The Department of Sociology’s Master’s Program is an intensive, two-year program for graduate level studies in sociology. The department’s MA program has been producing graduates for more than thirty five years. Program graduates have gone on to work in a number of fields including: program evaluation, policy research, marketing/consumer research, non-profit sector management, international relations, community organizing, public sector research, and organizational analysis. Several of our graduates have also gone onto Ph.D. programs in sociology and careers in community college teaching.

The department has a broadly trained and energetic faculty supporting its MA students. The MA program offers advanced training in core areas of sociological theory and research methods, as well as specialized studies in a number of areas including: culture, criminology, gender, sexuality, political sociology, race/ethnicity, social movements, sociology of education, immigration, labor, social psychology, globalization, and the sociology of work.   

Many of the department’s MA students present papers at professional conferences and publish scholarly articles during the course of their graduate studies. Students are also given the opportunity to work with faculty on research projects, engage in their own research projects, and gain experience in teaching working with faculty as Instructional Student Assistants.