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MSU earns national ranking for Master of Arts in Sociology program

Morehead State University’s Master of Arts in Sociology earned a spot in a recent ranking of the five Best Online Master’s in Social Sciences programs in the country from Online Schools Report ( It was the only Kentucky higher education institution to make the list.  

For the complete list of rankings, visit 

“We are honored to be recognized for our versatile MA in Sociology, a degree that appeals to recent graduates as well as hardworking adults in many professional fields,” said Dr. Dianna Murphy, associate dean for the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. “An early initiator of online graduate education, we are proud to extend the benefits of a graduate degree to those with full-time jobs. With tracks in general sociology, chemical dependency and criminology, our master’s program offers students online flexibility, academic rigor and specialized training for career development.”  

Online Schools Report (OSR) aims to provide students with simple, practical and accurate information about every online program available. OSR’s rankings allow site visitors to find the best online programs, along with tips, guides and news in online education.   

OSR uses six data points to rank its programs – three school-wide and three program-specific. For school-wide rankings, OSR uses student satisfaction, admission rates and the number of programs the school offers online. For program-specific rankings, OSR checks the median debt of graduates from that program, how many degrees are offered within that program’s umbrella department, and what percentage of students at that school graduated from that department.  

The Master of Arts (MA) in Sociology at MSU allows for concentration in four areas: general sociology, criminology, chemical dependency and interdisciplinary social sciences. All concentrations require basic courses in theory and research methods and provide students with broad critical and analytical skills that can be applied on individual, organizational and societal levels. recognizes the program as one of the top 10 online sociology programs in the nation.  

For more information on MSU’s Master of Arts in Sociology, visit or contact the Department of Sociology, Social Work and Criminology at 606-783-2108 or email Dr. Suzanne Tallichet, program coordinator, at   

As part of MSU’s Commitment to the Commonwealth, we have announced there will be no increases to tuition or fees for the next academic year. To learn more, visit 

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