Sep 19, 2019  
2013-2014 Graduate Catalog 

Master of Arts in Sociology - Applied Research Specialty (SOC)

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Advisor: Robert Orrange, Ph.D.
712C Pray-Harrold

This specialty provides knowledge and skills in theory and general methodology, with specific emphasis on the evaluation of ongoing programs. It prepares students for responsible positions in applied areas of sociology by addressing the following goals:

  1. Provide knowledge and skills needed for careers in evaluation and applied research;

  2. Increase knowledge and skills for students already employed in fields of sociology, in the private and public sectors; and

  3. Prepare students to pursue the Ph.D. in sociology, or teach in post-secondary institutions.

Admission Requirements

Degree Admission
Applicants must:

  1. Meet the Graduate School admission requirements;

  2. Have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0; if the GPA is below 3.0, applicant should contact the graduate coordinator, who may request that the student attain a score at the 60th percentile on the GRE. A GRE score is not required if the GPA is 3.0 or above;

  3. Have completed the following courses or their equivalent, having earned at least a B in the course*:

    SOCL 250 - Social Statistics I 
    SOCL 304 - Methods in Sociological Research 
    SOCL 403 - Modern Sociological Theory 

    * Applicants lacking one or more of the three prerequisite courses listed above may be granted a conditional admission. Credit earned for these courses will not be applied to their degree credits.

  4. Submit a two-to-three-page personal statement, highlighting the manner in which past academic, employment, volunteer or other relevant personal experiences have shaped their interest in a master’s degree in sociology. Applicants should also discuss the manner in which this degree will enhance their future career plans; and

  5. Submit two letters of reference, from either academic or employment sources.

Degree Requirements

Thesis Option: In addition to the course work outlined below, thesis students must complete a thesis on a subject determined in consultation with their departmental thesis committee, as per Graduate School guidelines. The completed thesis must be approved by the student’s departmental thesis committee, as per departmental guidelines. Four thesis credit hours are earned.

Non-Thesis Option: In addition to the course work outlined below, non-thesis students must submit two essays dealing with methodological, substantive or theoretical issues in sociology. These may be based on papers completed in graduate courses but must be of higher quality than usual term papers, must meet departmental requirements through a scheduled meeting with the graduate advisor, and must be approved by their non-thesis essay committee. No credit hours are earned for these essays.

Course Requirements

The M.A. in Sociology-Applied Research Specialty requires the completion of at least 31 hours of course work to be distributed among required program courses, concentration courses, elective courses and cognate courses as follows:

Select from either Option I or Option II:

Option II:

  • Non-thesis option (0 hrs)

Elective Courses: 0-10 hours

Elective courses should be selected in consultation with the graduate coordinator. Any graduate-level course in sociology, criminology or anthropology (except for those counted as required courses) are eligible for elective credit.

Cognate Courses: 0-9 hours

Graduate level courses taken through departments/disciplines other than sociology, anthropology or criminology constitute cognate credit. These choices should be made in consultation with the Graduate Coordinator.

Program Total: 31-34 hours


* Two semesters (four credit hours) of supervised field experience, approved by graduate coordinator and department head to provide experience in either evaluation research or some aspects of applied sociology.

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