Prospective students should use this checklist to obtain specific admissions requirements on how to apply to Graduate School.
Sociology M.A. Program
The Department of Sociology offers two plans (Plan I and Plan II) for the M.A. Degree
Requirements for the M.A. Degree (Plan I)
Plan I students pursuing the M.A. degree in Sociology must have been admitted into the Medical Sociology Ph.D. program. To be admitted in good standing, candidates must meet all Graduate School admission requirements.
Plan I applicants lacking 18 semester hours in social science courses will be evaluated individually for academic deficiencies. Supplemental coursework may be recommended by the graduate faculty.
The program provides a Plan I (thesis) option. The M.A. degree is conferred upon the fulfillment of the requirements outlined below.
All of the following core courses are required for all students:
|SOC 601||Data Management and Analysis||3|
|SOC 702||Proseminar: The Profession of Sociology (The Proseminar is a one credit course that needs to be taken three semesters in a row, adding to a total of 3 credits.)||1|
|SOC 703||Regression Analysis||3|
|SOC 705||Advanced Research Methods||3|
|or SOC 711||Qualitative Methods|
|SOC 720||Classical Theory||3|
|SOC 722||Contemporary Sociological Theory||3|
2 or more substantive courses (these may be in areas outside of Sociology, subject to approval by the Sociology graduate program director)
Additional requirements for the Plan I M.A. degree include the following:
- 6 semester hours of thesis research
- An acceptable research-based thesis
- A final oral examination based on the thesis
Requirements for the M.A. Degree (Plan II)
Plan II is an Applied M.A. option which provides strong disciplinary training, along with professional and research experience, to prepare students for careers in business, non-profits, government agencies and the continued professional development of teaching careers. To be admitted in good standing, candidates must meet all Graduate School admission requirements.
The Plan II option is a non-thesis plan. A six-hour faculty-directed applied/community capstone project, undertaken at the conclusion of the program, provides an opportunity to synthesize all previous course material and meets the final requirement for the plan II M.A. in Applied Sociology.
Students deciding to move into the Medical Sociology Ph.D Program will need to meet the core requirements from Plan I.
Students interested in learning more about the Plan II Applied Sociology M.A. should contact Dr. Cullen Clark, Applied Sociology M.A. plan, 205-934-3322, or write firstname.lastname@example.org.
All of the following core courses 18 hours are required for all students in the Plan II M.A. in Applied Sociology Program:
|SOC 713||Intro to Applied Sociology Research Methods||3|
|SOC 723||Applied Sociological Theory||3|
|SOC 726||Applied Sociology||3|
|SOC 727||Applied Social Psychology||3|
|SOC 776||Capstone Project||6|
Four additional classes are required for all students to fully matriculate. Choose FOUR classes from the following list, adding up to 12 hours:
|SOC 711||Qualitative Methods||3|
|SOC 715||Program Evaluation||3|
|SOC 728||Teaching Sociology||3|
|SOC 729||Consumer Culture||3|
|SOC 737||Practicum in Innovation, Creativity, and Applied Sociology||3|
|SOC 745||Sociological Practice||3|
|SOC 760||Sociology of Death and Dying||3|
|SOC 781||Sociology of Health and Illness||3|
|SOC 783||Health Care Delivery Systems||3|
|SOC 786||Health Disparities||3|
|SOC 789||Patient Care Relations/Ethics||3|