Sociology - MA
The Master of Arts in Sociology allows for concentration in four areas: chemical dependency certification, criminology, interdisciplinary social sciences and general sociology. All concentrations require basic courses in theory and research methods and provides students with broad critical and analytical skills that can be applied on the individual, organizational and societal levels.


You may pursue the following concentrations:

  • Sociology - Master of Arts: Chemical Dependency Certification Concentration
  • Sociology - Master of Arts: Criminology Concentration
  • Sociology - Master of Arts: General Sociology Concentration
  • Sociology - Master of Arts: Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Concentration

Program Requirements

  1. General admission to graduate study.
  2. Completion of 18 credit hours of undergraduate work in sociology or related field, including sociological theory, social science data analysis, and research methodology.
  3. A minimum GPA of 3.0 in all sociology courses.
  4. Undergraduate GPA of 2.75 required.
  5. A combined GRE score of 278 is desired on the verbal and quantitative sections; writing score of two or higher.
  6. Assessment of the student's potential for successful completion of the program will also be based on the following:    
    1. a. Submission of a two-page typewritten statement of educational and career goals relative to the program.
      b. Submission of an undergraduate academic writing assignment.
      c. When an applicant's materials do not clearly suggest the potential for successful completion of the program, the department Graduate Admissions Committee may also require an interview of the applicant.

    For a complete list of program requirements and additional course information, visit the graduate catalog website.

Career Opportunities

Combined with other skills and courses, a Master of Arts in Sociology can prepare you for a career in environmental activism, social justice participation, democratic participation on local and global levels, teaching (with appropriate teaching credentials or certification), and much more.

MSU's Career Services offers career planning, interview and resume preparation assistance, internship placement, and services to help you find a job after you graduate.

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