Sociology (MA)

In today's modern and complex world, people often find themselves making multiple career changes throughout life. Graduate training in sociology provides a solid foundation for flexible career development. Diverse conceptual frameworks offered by sociology provide a platform in which societal issues can be placed for discussion and analysis. Sociological graduate training also provides a valuable set of reasoning and communication skills and a powerful set of methodological tools with which to study the issues and problems of modern social life. By attaining an MA in Sociology, students will gain the expertise, knowledge, and skills to advance in their careers locally, regionally, and nationally. The Department of Sociology offers a 36-credit M.A. program in Sociology with a thesis, non-thesis, practicum options in addition to the traditional thesis/practicum options.

Why choose an MA in Sociology?

In today's modern and complex world, people often find themselves making multiple career changes throughout life. Graduate training in sociology provides a solid foundation for flexible career development. Diverse conceptual frameworks offered by sociology provide a platform in which societal issues can be placed for discussion and analysis. Sociological graduate training also provides a valuable set of reasoning and communication skills and a powerful set of methodological tools with which to study the issues and problems of modern social life. By attaining an MA in Sociology, students will gain the expertise, knowledge, and skills to advance in their careers locally, regionally, and nationally. The Department of Sociology offers a 36-credit M.A. program in Sociology with a thesis, non-thesis, practicum options in addition to the traditional thesis/practicum options.

Why Enroll in Our MA Program?

  1. You will receive individualized attention at every stage in the program.
  2. We offer advanced training in theory, data analysis, research methodology, and social statistics with are sought after skills that can help with job advancement and new opportunities. These stills are also needed for advanced study in Sociology (Ph.D.)
  3. The focus of our program is the application of knowledge and research skills.
  4. Faculty members in the department represent a broad spectrum of teaching and research interests-health, disparities, demography, family, deviance, and aging, education, sustainability
  5. Our students participate in research projects and present at local conferences, seminars, and workshops
  6. We offer some financial assistance

Thesis Option

A thesis represents your mastery of a particular subject area in sociology. M.A. students who are interested in obtaining a Ph.D. usually choose this option to develop vital research skills and satisfy various requirements necessary for advanced graduate study. Students who also plan to conduct research projects also tend to choose the thesis option. Successful completion of coursework, thesis, and the comprehensive exam is required to successfully complete the program.

Non-Thesis Option

The non-thesis option is designed to be more flexible and is tailored for students who do not necessarily need a great deal of research training. The non-thesis option requires 6 more hours of electives than the thesis option. Successful completion of coursework and the comprehensive exam is required to successfully complete the program.

What Will You Learn?

  1. You will receive individualized attention at every stage in the program.
  2. We offer advanced training in theory, data analysis, research methodology, and social statistics with are sought after skills that can help with job advancement and new opportunities. These stills are also needed for advanced study in Sociology (Ph.D.)
  3. The focus of our program is the application of knowledge and research skills.
  4. Faculty members in the department represent a broad spectrum of teaching and research interests-health, disparities, demography, family, deviance, and aging, education, sustainability
  5. Our students participate in research projects and present at local conferences, seminars, and workshops
  6. We offer some financial assistance

What Will You Do?

Most jobs that carry the official title of Sociologist require Master's degrees due to the level of understanding and technical proficiency required. By attaining a Master's degree in Sociology you are not only ensuring that you will have a great diversity of potential careers, you also are making your resume very competitive if you wish to get a foot in the door with a lower tier position. By taking a more entry level position you will usually be able to rapidly promote from within the organization due to your educational qualifications.

By earning your Master of Sociology degree you will have access to a variety of career options within Humans Services and Sociology. A Master's degree is the level at which you can begin to get work as a Sociological Researcher which will take full advantage of your educational training. You also can look forward to a significantly higher income with a Master's degree when compared to a Bachelor's.

Career Possibilities with an MA in Sociology

Here are a few of the Sociology job titles you can hold with a Master's degree:

  • Case Manager
  • Human Services Educator
  • College Instructor in Sociology
  • Drug and Alcohol Counselor
  • Director of Human Services Agency
  • Sociological Researcher
  • Geriatric Social Worker
  • School Social Worker
  • Social and Community Service Manager
Application Requirements
  1. Personal statement of approximately 2-3 typed, double-spaced pages which address the applicant's (a) interest in pursuing a graduate degree in sociology and (b) future career plans.
  2. Three letters of recommendation. Ideally these will be from college faculty who can speak to the candidate's ability to do graduate work.
  3. Score on GRE (General Section) or evidence of successful completion of a previous graduate program.     
  4. Official transcripts from all universities or colleges at which courses have been taken (Minimum GPA of 3.0 on 4.0 scale in all undergraduate coursework or the last 60 hours of coursework that may include no more than 6 hours of graduate work)

**Applicants lacking core courses in sociology (social statistics and research methods) will be required to complete undergraduate courses in these areas before being admitted to the program.

Contact: Dr. Akbar Aghajanian, Coordinator of M.A. Sociology Program aaghajanian@uncfsu.edu

Practicum Option

Practicums are field experiences that allow graduate students to observe and document how working professionals perform their job responsibilities. Concurrently, students enroll in a course which outlines the expectations and requirements of the practicum. The expectations associated with a practicum vary according to the site. Participation at the practicum site is typically two or three times per week for a few hours per session.

General characteristics of practicums include:

  • Shadowing one or more assigned employees who will guide the on-site experience.
  • Observing and correlating practices in the field with theories and methods previously studied.
  • Recording data or assisting with tasks as directed by on-site personnel.
  • Completing practicum course assignments.
MA Curriculum Planning Guide

Curriculum Planning Guide and Audit Sheet

Careers with a Master’s Degree Business and Industry

Business and Industry

  • business analyst
  • consumer relations specialist
  • human resources manager
  • market analyst

Government

  • employee specialist
  • foreign service officer
  • human rights officer
  • legislative aide
  • program supervisor
  • special agent
  • urban planner

Justice System

  • correctional counselor
  • criminal investigator
  • juvenile court specialist
  • rehabilitation counselor

Education

  • admissions counselor
  • affirmative action counselor
  • extension service specialist
  • public health educator
  • teacher

Research

  • census researcher
  • consumer researcher
  • criminology researcher
  • data analyst
  • interviewer
  • market researcher
  • social researcher
  • statistician
  • survey research technician

Community and Social Services

  • child development specialist
  • environmental organizer
  • family planning worker
  • hospital administrator
  • public health supervisor
  • rural health outreach worker
  • substance abuse counselor