College of Liberal and Fine Arts

Master’s Program Overview

The Master of Science degree in Sociology is designed to prepare graduates with the skills necessary to enter the professional workforce as sociologists or to pursue further study at the doctoral level. Students have the opportunity to acquire a knowledge base in sociological methods, theory and in areas of growing community concern, including health, aging, religion, socioeconomic development, gender issues, and race and ethnic relations. They will have the necessary research skills to define social issues and problems, select data collection techniques, establish appropriate analysis methods, develop statistical reports, and undertake policy analyses for businesses, governmental agencies, and nonprofit organizations.


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.  Other admission requirements include submission of a personal statement indicating your interest and goals in studying sociology, three letters of recommendation from references who can speak to your qualifications for the graduate program, and an academic writing sample.  For more information on each of these requirements, see ‘Admissions and Requirements’ in the drop menu.

Degree Requirements

The minimum number of semester credit hours required for the degree, exclusive of coursework or other study required to remove deficiencies, is 36.  This includes 9 semester credit hours of core courses, including:  SOC-5003 (Sociological Theory), SOC-5063 (Research Design), and either SOC-5073 (Quantitative Research Methods) OR SOC-5033 (Qualitative Research Methods); 21 semester credit hours of prescribed electives from the remaining sociology courses listed in the catalog [3 credit hours may be an approved non-sociology course]; and  6 semester credit hours of Internship or Thesis.

Application Deadlines

Beginning in 2014, applications will be taken for Fall and Spring semesters only.  Deadlines for Fall admission are July 1 for domestic/permanent resident students and April 1 for international students.  Spring admission deadlines are November 1 for domestic/permanent resident students and September 11 for international students.

More Information

For more information, contact:

Terri Earnest, Graduate Advisor of Record
Master of Science in Sociology Program
Phone: (210) 458-6239

UTSA Department of Sociology
One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, TX  78249

You may also visit UTSA’s Graduate School web site.


Recent News

Find Us

Main Office: MS 4.02.66

Department of Sociology

University of Texas at San Antonio

College of Liberal and Fine Arts

One UTSA Circle

San Antonio, TX 78249-1644