Master of Arts

Master of Arts

The Ph.D. is the expected terminal degree in the department and students are not required or encouraged to obtain an M.A. However, students who wish to receive the M.A. degree must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Satisfactory completion of three basic required courses: one each in theory, methods, and statistics.
  • Satisfactory completion of at least three courses in one of the three theme areas of the department.
  • Attendance at the teaching assistant workshop offered the first two days prior to the beginning of Fall term.
  • Attendance at the sociology graduate seminar through the first year of study. (This requirement is fulfilled through attendance of the Globalization Proseminar, which involves presentations by several faculty members).
  • Preparation and presentation of a professional paper suitable for presentation at a professional meeting or publication in a professional journal. This paper must be presented at a department colloquium.
  • Completion of a total of 30 credits including 4 to 8 credits of SOC 899.

Summary of Requirements for a Master of Arts


Take all of the following:

  • SOC 881 Analysis of Social Data I
  • SOC 815 Classical Sociological Theory
  • SOC 885 Overview of Research Methods
  • Globalization Proseminar

one of the spec:

  • SOC 954 Techniques of Population Analysis
  • SOC 985 Qualitative Field Research
  • SOC 986 Survey Research Principles
  • SOC 989 Special Topics in Sociological Methodology

Attendance at TA Workshop

Attendance at first year seminar (Satisfied by Globalization Proseminar)

Second year research paper presentation

Three courses in major specialization