MA in Sociology

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The MA in Sociology prepares students for careers in teaching, research, industry, government or non-profit organizations, as well as to pursue a doctoral degree.

Degree Requirements

The MA degree requires a minimum of 30 credit hours of master’s-level courses, including nine (9) credit hours of mandatory coursework:

  • SOC 567 Sociological Theory
  • SOC 606 Social Research Methods
  • SOC 504 Social Statistics

Master's Portfolio or Master's Project
The MA degree also requires the completion of either a Master’s Portfolio (for those pursuing careers after the MA degree) or original scholarship in the form of a Master’s Project (for those continuing in academia or research), written under the supervision of at least two regular department faculty. 

Graduate Handbook
Further information about the MA degree, including policies, requiements and coursework, can be found in the 2018-2019 Graduate Handbook.

Did You Know?

Students typically complete the master's program within two years. MA students who wish to continue in the PhD program do not continue automatically; they must apply for readmission to the PhD program.

Contact Us

We encourage prospective students to complete an information request form to learn more about pursuing graduate work in the Department of Sociology. Current students may contact their faculty advisor or the Director of Graduate Studies with questions.

Susie Sheron

430 Park Hall

Phone: (716) 645-2585

Graduate Program Coordinator
Department of Sociology
College of Arts and Sciences