Our Master of Arts in Sociology program is designed to prepare you for professional employment in which you can use your analytical and research skills or for further education in PhD programs in sociology.  If you are interested in applying for our graduate program, please click the how to apply here. Note that the deadline for applying for fall matriculation with graduate assistantship is March 1st of the same year and all application materials have to be submitted by then for a full consideration, or else decisions are made on a rolling basis.

We emphasize research methods, research experience, and analytical skills--skills that enable our MA graduates to find employment in government, nonprofit, and corporate organizations.

In addition, the strong training you will receive in theory, research methods, and statistics provides you with excellent preparation should you choose to pursue a doctoral degree in sociology.


The Master of Arts in Sociology requires a total of 33 credit hours. Most students complete the degree in two years. The average course load is nine credit hours per semester. Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School and present evidence of preparation to do work in sociology.

Thesis Option

We encourage our graduate students to write a master's thesis, which will require you to work closely with a faculty member on a project of original research. If you choose to write a master's thesis, you may earn up to six credit hours for thesis work. Most students that opt to write a thesis usually finish their thesis project during the second year of graduate work. In place of writing a thesis, our graduate students have the option of completing professional certificates (e.g. Institutional Research Certificate and Teaching Certificate) or taking the methods and statistics track by taking additional courses in related areas.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Mellisa Holtzman
Graduate Director
North Quad 224
Phone: 765-285-5253

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