Sociology (Online M.A.)

The Master of Arts in Sociology program prepares you through advanced training beyond the undergraduate level in sociology.

Why choose an Online Master of Arts 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 locally, regionally, and nationally. In this program, you will gain a valuable set of reasoning and communication skills and a powerful set of analysis tools with which to study the issues and problems of modern social life. 

What We Offer

Our goal is to provide advanced training for work as applied social scientist outside of academia, as in government administrative jobs, research departments, or community programs. Some of our students also go on to teach at community colleges. The Department offers a 30-credit M.A. program in Sociology with a thesis, non-thesis, practicum options.

Why Enroll in Our Sociology Master's 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 which are sought after skills that can help with job advancement, new opportunities, and advanced study  in doctoral programs.
  3. Faculty members in the department represent a broad  spectrum of teaching and research interests (health, disparities, demography, family, deviance, aging, education, sustainability, etc.) which contributes to the rich knowledge-base and research capabilities of the department.
  4. Our students participate in local professional conferences,  seminars, and workshops.
  5. We offer some financial assistance.

What Will You Learn in Sociology?

  1. Understand current social issues and social problems in their cultural, historical, and socio-political contexts, and formulate potential solutions to them, drawing on relevant sociological literature.
  2. The application of various research methodologies and data analysis techniques in understanding social issues and the use of these skills outside of academic settings.
  3.  Use social theory to critically interpret and evaluate both published social scientific research and social policies and programs.
  4. Effectively communicate and present sociological knowledge using oral, written, and other technologically driven mediums. 

What Can You Do with a Master's in Sociology?

By attaining a master's degree in Sociology, you are not only ensuring that you will have a great diversity of potential careers, you are also making your resume very competitive for advanced, entry-level positions. Also, completing an M.A. in Sociology could allow for rapid promotions within organizations due to your advanced educational qualifications and training.

Advanced training in sociology gives you a variety of career options within human services, analytics, education, the criminal justice system, management, and more. 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 M.A. in Sociology

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

  • Human Resources Representative
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Policy Analyst
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • College Instructor in Sociology
  • Social and Community Service Manager
Admission Requirements
  • No GRE scores required
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75 on 4.0 scale in either all undergraduate coursework or the last 60 hours of the coursework.
  • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges at which courses have been taken.
  • A statement of purpose expressing applicant’s academic interest in pursuing a graduate degree in sociology and future career plans. Limit its length to no more than two single-spaced pages.
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors. However, if an applicant is out of school for more than five years and cannot provide academic references, letters from a supervisor and a colleague at work who can speak to applicant’s ability to do graduate work will be accepted.

Application Deadlines
Fall Admission: June 1st
Spring Admission: November 30th
No Summer Admission

*All application material must be received by the appropriate deadline.

Please note that meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.

Out of state students will qualify for the "Outside NC" rate if they select the Online MA Sociology option at the time of application.  For more information on tuition and fees please see the following information:  Tuition and Fees

Contact: Dr. Akbar Aghajanian, Co-Coordinator M.A. Sociology Program  or Dr. Stacye Blount, Co-Coordinator M.A. Sociology Program or call 910-672-1122.

Thesis Option

Successful completion of a thesis represents your mastery of a 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 master necessary requirements for advanced graduate study. Our faculty play an instrumental role in guiding students through the thesis process. 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 additional hours of electives than the thesis option. Successful completion of coursework and the comprehensive exam is required to successfully complete the program.

Careers in Business/Industry, Government, The Justice System, Education, Services, etc.

Business and Industry

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


  • 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


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


  • 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