Students applying for unconditional admission must satisfy University-wide and College-wide graduate admission requirements, and be recommended for admission by the Graduate Program Committee of the Department of Sociology. Applicants must have completed 18 semester credit hours of undergraduate courses, 12 of which must be at the upper-division level in sociology or related areas, including a course in research methods or statistics. Applicants must have a grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in the last 60 hours of undergraduate and graduate work.
Applicants who do not meet these requirements will be considered for conditional admission. Conditional applicants must submit indicators of preparation for graduate study, such as completion of additional undergraduate coursework to remove deficiencies, completion of 9 or more semester credit hours of graduate courses, and the achievement of a 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale). An applicant not eligible for either unconditional or conditional admission may be recommended for admission as a special graduate student (or a non-degree-seeking student). This does not guarantee subsequent admission as a degree-seeking graduate student; such students must reapply for degree-seeking status.
Applicants for the Master’s Program in Sociology must submit the following materials to the graduate admissions office:
The minimum number of semester credit hours required for the degree, exclusive of coursework or other study required to remove deficiencies, is 36.
Degree candidates must complete the following requirements:
A: 9 semester credit hours of core courses:
B: 18 semester credit hours of prescribed electives from the following courses:
*This has included such classes as How to Publish in Sociology; Political Sociology, and Public Sociology
C: 3 semester credit hours of additional electives in sociology or other approved discipline(s)
D: 6 semester credit hours of Internship or Thesis:
Thesis option. Students may select the thesis option after they have completed 24 semester credit hours.
E: Comprehensive examination. Degree candidates are required to pass a written comprehensive examination. The examination is scheduled after a student has completed at least 18 semester credit hours including all core courses in the program. Registration for SOC 6961 Comprehensive Examination is only required if the student is not registered for any other course in the semester he or she is taking the comprehensive examination.