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Master of Arts in Sociology

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M.A. Degree Requirements

Thesis Option

Students must complete 36 hours of graduate credit (including SOC 790 Proseminar, SOC 810 Sociologicial Inquiry, SOC 811 Sociological Research, 2 graduate-level courses in sociological methods, 1 graduate-level course in sociological theory, 4 graduate-level sociology seminars, and 6 thesis hours in SOC 899) and must prepare and defend an M.A. thesis. Individual Master’s Readings courses (SOC 891) may not be used to meet these requirements except by approved petition. The defense of the M.A. thesis includes a general examination of sociological theory and research. Completion of these requirements leads to the M.A. degree, which normally allows the student to proceed to doctoral study.

Nonthesis (Terminal) Option

Students must complete 36 hours of graduate credit (excluding any credit given for thesis and including the courses specified above under the thesis option) and a final oral examination over course work in sociology. Completion of these requirements leads to the M.A. degree but does not allow the student to proceed to doctoral study.

Handbook for Graduate Students

A more detailed account of advising procedures, degree requirements, and program options is set forth in the department’s Manual of Graduate Study in Sociology, which is sent with the application for admission to the program or given to anyone on request.

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