MA Degree Requirements

The requirements listed below are for information purposes only.  Official requirements for the Sociology M.A. are available in the most recent University Catalog of Studies online.

Note: Beginning in Fall 2012, the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice offers two concentrations--one in general sociology and the other in criminology.

Prior undergraduate work in social theory, research methods, statistics, and writing is considered necessary for successful performance at the graduate level.  The courses required to eliminate deficiencies:

  • SOCI 3303 (or an approved equivalent)
  • SOCI 3313
  • SOCI 4023 (or an approved equivalent) 
    In addition, students interested in the criminology concentration just eliminate the following deficiency:
  • CMJS/SOCI 3023 Criminology (for those in the criminology concentration) 
    Undergraduate deficiencies must be removed by taking the appropriate undergraduate courses during the first twelve hours of graduate work or the first time the courses are offered.

Core Requirements for Both Concentrations


Advanced Social Research

Classical Social Theory

Applied Data Analysis with Data & Analysis Lab




Sociology Concentration Requirements

SOCI 5083 Applied Qualitative Methods

SOCI 5263 Contemporary Social Theory

SOCI 503V Special Topics: Organizations in Society

SOCI 5043 Public Policy Children and Families

SOCI 5113 Seminar in Social Inequality

SOCI 5133 Community

SOCI 5153 Sociological Perspectives on Social Psychology

SOCI 5233 Theories of Deviance


Criminology Concentration Requirements

SOCI 5413 Seminar in Criminological Theory

SOCI 5423 Research in Criminology

SOCI 5433 Victimization

SOCI 5443 Seminar in Terrorism

SOCI 5453 Social Control

SOCI 5463 White Collar Crime

SOCI 5473 Crime and Community


Other Requirements

  • In addition to the common core courses, the courses required in a specific concentration, and the six hours of concentration-specific restricted electives, the students must take sufficient hours of electives to reach 32 semester hours total.
  • The Department retains the right to make exceptions to the list of concentration-specific electives. Such exceptions must be approved by the Graduate Committee and authorized in writing by the Graduate Director.
  • A maximum of three elective credit hours may be taken at the 4000 level without prior approval by the Graduate Committee. Students may apply three hours of independent study toward the degree provided that a research proposal is approved by the instructor prior to enrollment in the course. The student’s advisor must authorize courses outside of the department. Except in rare circum-stances, no more than three hours of credit outside of the department will count for the degree.
  • The Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice offers a thesis and non-thesis option. Completion of the program for all students is contingent upon passing a comprehensive examination covering major course work.

Sociology MA Checksheet 2014 

Graduation Requirements


Student Forms

Thesis Defense Proposal-internal form