Jan 30, 2023
The Master of Arts in Sociology program provides the knowledge in theory and methodology needed to pursue a Ph.D. in sociology or related fields, to teach in post-secondary institutions, or to pursue a public or private sector career by addressing the following goals:
- To allow students to develop skills necessary to secure employment in sociology and related fields.
- To equip students with advanced sociological training in theory and methods in preparation for the pursuit of doctoral degrees.
- To equip students with advanced sociological education in preparation to teach in post-secondary institutions.
Admit Terms and Deadlines
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis; students may start the program in the Fall or Winter. See Application Deadlines.
Minimum Graduate School Requirements
For full admission, applicants must have 1) Earned a four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or an equivalent degree from a non-U.S. institution, 2) a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale, or 3.0 in the last half of the undergraduate program. Conditional admission may be available to applicants who do not meet minimum admission requirements.
Applicants must also meet the following program requirements. Requirements may be more stringent than the minimum graduate school requirements.
- Have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0; if the GPA is below 3.0, the applicant should contact the graduate coordinator, who may request that the student attains a score at the 60th percentile on the GRE. A GRE score is not required if the GPA is 3.0 or above. For full admission, the applicant must also meet the Graduate School’s 2.7 GPA minimum.
- Submit a two-to-three-page personal statement highlighting how past academic, employment, volunteer, or other relevant personal experiences have shaped their interest in a graduate degree in sociology. Applicants should also discuss how this degree will enhance their future career plans.
- Submit two letters of reference from either academic or employment sources.
Your application will be submitted using GradCAS, a Centralized Application Service (CAS) hosted by Liaison. After reviewing the admission requirements, please review the application instructions and select the appropriate application.
Domestic Applicants Within the application, follow the instructions to submit an official transcript from all previously attended institutions.
International Applicants Before applying, applicants must review the international application/process deadlines at emich.edu/international as they may differ from general program requirements.
For additional information regarding the application process, please see Graduate Admissions or International Admissions.
Degree Requirements: 31 hours
The MA in Sociology requires completing 31 hours of coursework to be distributed among required courses, concentration courses, elective courses, and thesis or non-thesis courses as follows.
Required Courses: 13 hours
Restricted Elective Courses: 6 hours
Restricted Elective courses must be selected in consultation with the graduate coordinator. Any graduate-level sociology, criminology, or anthropology course is eligible for elective credit (except for those counted as required courses). Cognate courses (courses outside of the department) may be considered substitutes with the graduate coordinator’s permission.
Specialization: 6 hours
Select one of the following specializations. Specializations will not appear on student transcripts.
Applied Research Specialization: 6 hours
Complete six credit hours from the following. Applied research courses should be selected in consultation with the graduate coordinator.
Sociology Specialization: 6 hours
Sociology courses should be selected in consultation with the graduate coordinator. Any graduate-level sociology, criminology, or anthropology course is eligible for concentration credit (except for those counted as required courses).
Thesis/Non-Thesis: 6 hours
Option I - Thesis: 6 hours
In addition to the coursework outlined above, 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. To assist with the completion of the thesis, students must complete the following hours.
- SOCL 689 Thesis Proposal 3 hrs
- SOCL 692 Thesis Research and Writing 3 hrs
Option II - Non-Thesis: 6 hours
In addition to the coursework outlined above, non-thesis students must complete two additional elective or cognate courses that deal with either methodological, substantive, or theoretical issues in sociology. These courses will be selected in consultation with the graduate coordinator.
Critical Graduation Information
Each graduate student is responsible for fulfilling the requirements or equivalents of the Eastern Michigan University catalog in force at the time of their initial registration or a subsequent catalog, including the one in effect at the time of their graduation.
Master’s degree requirements must be completed within six (6) years of first enrollment in the master’s degree program.
In the event a student does not complete the master’s degree requirements within six years of the date of their original registration, the student may be required to have their credits re-evaluated by the academic department(s) of their degree in keeping with catalog requirements in force during the year of their graduation.
The following are minimum requirements for all master’s degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University. Some programs require more than the minimum in one or more areas below.
- A master’s degree must require a minimum of 30 credit hours.
- No more than six credits of independent study courses and no more than 12 credit hours of special topics and independent study courses combined may be applied to a graduate degree.
- Residency Requirement:
- For students admitted to master’s degree programs of 36 or fewer required hours, at least 24 new graduate hours beginning the semester of acceptance and enrollment into the degree program must be earned at EMU. The remaining program requirement hours may be met through transfer or prior degree credit (EMU or elsewhere).
- For students admitted to master’s degree programs of 37 or more required hours, at least 30 new graduate hours beginning the semester of acceptance and enrollment into the degree program must be earned at EMU. Minimum degree hours must still be met for graduation. The remaining program requirement hours may be met through transfer or prior degree credit (EMU or elsewhere).
- Residency and enrollment in multiple programs: Students enrolled in multiple master’s/specialist degree programs must have 24 unique credit hours in each degree program.
- Only credits from one completed graduate certificate may be applied to a master’s or specialist degree in a relevant field of study, as determined by the Graduate School and with the approval of the degree-granting academic department, and be included in the residency hours above.
- Students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA in all graduate-level courses taken at EMU and in their program of study to remain in good academic standing and be eligible for graduation. Students do not need to be registered for classes during the semester of graduation.
- The Graduate School does not permit the use of undergraduate courses (499 and below) to meet degree requirements on graduate programs of study.
- Some master’s programs require a thesis; others require a special project or internship; others require students to pass a final exam. See the Graduate School website for Thesis and Dissertation Manuals, all forms, and information about research and human subject approval. Every completed thesis or dissertation must be submitted to Digital Commons. Any form of graduate student work submitted to Digital Commons must first be approved by a faculty advisor and the Graduate School.