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MS with a Major in Applied Sociology (37 hours)

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Program Overview

The Master of Science with a major in Applied Sociology focuses on evaluation skills including both qualitative and quantitative research, general statistical analysis, impact analysis, and grant writing. Starting in fall 2017, the MS will  offer two options: Practicum track and non-thesis track. The M.S. and the practicum experience are especially appropriate for students who hope to work upon completion of their M.S. as applied researchers for organizations, businesses, agencies and/or in government offices. Graduates from the MS program will be qualified to fill positions including, but not limited to, market researcher, program evaluator, policy analyst, grant writer, and various positions requiring data gathering, analysis and interpretation.  In the practicum, students write a research practicum report based on applied research they conduct for an agency or organization, or work on other applied research projects with faculty. Although students' research projects will vary, each will combine the emphases of the program-sociological methods and statistics, needs assessment, impact analysis, and grant writing-with the collection and analysis of either quantitative or qualitative data. In the MA non-thesis option, students will take additional electives and then complete written comprehensive exams in their final semester.

According to the Sociological Practice Association, employment for social scientists is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations. This increasing demand is the result of concern about issues such as the environment, urban development, and a competitive global economy, as well as a shortage of trained evaluators. Job prospects are best for students with advanced degrees and graduates from applied programs in sociology will be specifically equipped to take advantage of the trend toward research, evaluation, and data analysis.

Practicum Placement for Students Pursuing the M.S. with a Major in APPLIED SOCIOLOGY

The practicum is an opportunity for students to demonstrate skills and knowledge developed in their classes taken in the Department of Sociology at Texas State University.  A practicum is an applied research project designed to help an agency or organization achieve its goals or objectives. 

Recent Practica Conducted by our MS with a Major in Applied Sociology Students

A Qualitative and Quantitative Evaluation of the MEND Program at the YWCA

An Evaluation of the Pease Park Conservancy Volunteer and Board Member Activities

Evaluation of Informal Dispute Resolution Processes for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission

Exploring Low Enrollment in the Texas Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan

Career Planning and Career Services: A Comparison of Freshmen and Seniors at Texas State University

The Financial Literacy of Goodwill’s Job Source Clients and the Effectiveness of Goodwill’s Fatherhood Works Financial Literacy Training

Understanding Factors That Shape and Sustain Volunteerism in Advocacy for Abused and Neglected Children

From Removal to the Real World: Research on Mentoring Programs for Foster Youth Transitioning Out of State Care


Applicants for the MA (Sociology) and MS (Applied Sociology) must have completed the following undergraduate courses or their equivalent:

  • 3307 Statistics for Behavioral Sciences
  • 3318 Applied Data Analysis
  • 4306 Sociological Theory
  • 4308 Quantitative Research or 4309 Qualitative Research

Equivalent courses taken on another campus may be used to satisfy these requirements with the approval of the Graduate Advisor and the concurrence of the Graduate Office. While it is expected that these requirements will be met before the student begins graduate work, it is possible to enter either program before completion of one of more of these courses. A student in the graduate program may not enroll for a total of more than six hours of graduate work until these undergraduate requirements have been satisfied with a grade of “B” or better in each required course. Continued pursuit of either the MS (applied sociology) or the MA (sociology) requires successful completion of all four required courses.


Our graduates are very successful! Our recent graduates are pursuing their doctorates at top programs, such as Washington State University, Central Florida University, University of South Florida, Louisiana State University, Rice University, University of California-Davis, Texas A & M University, University of Texas-Austin, and Oklahoma State University. Other graduates teach at local universities and work in non-profit agencies or for local government agencies. Some recent job placements include research analyst for a local school district, research specialist for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, senior research analyst for the Austin Fire Department, USDAA statistician, and research analyst for Texas Community College Teachers Association. Check out some of our graduates’ jobs here and here.


The following types of jobs are found in corporate businesses (e.g. Facebook), universities, junior high and high schools, state agencies (e.g. the Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Family and Protective Services), and local, national, and international non-profit organizations (e.g.  Caritas, Community Action, Inc., Meals on Wheels, Communities in Schools, Texas Council on Family Violence, United Way, Center for Public Policy Priorities).

  • Data analyst
  • Policy analyst
  • Research associate, research specialist
  • Statistician
  • Evaluation researcher
  • Grant writer, grant specialist, grant manager
  • Instructor (community colleges, some 4-year universities)

GA Application

Graduate assistant positions are competitive, similar to scholarships. Send graduate assistant applications directly to Dr. Giuffre ( Do NOT send GA applications to the Graduate College.


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