The Master of Arts degree has three basic goals. The first goal is to prepare graduates for careers in government, private enterprise, education, and social services. The second is to prepare graduates to teach in community colleges. The third is to provide a sound background for those who anticipate further doctoral studies. The Master of Arts with a major in sociology will prepare graduates for a career in a number of fields, including, but not limited to, corporate research, personnel work, administration, and data analysis. The student’s culminating thesis describes an original research project that addresses a gap in the sociological literature.
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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.
WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH THE MS (APPLIED SOCIOLOGY) OR MA (SOCIOLOGY)?
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
- Evaluation researcher
- Grant writer, grant specialist, grant manager
- Instructor (community colleges, some 4-year universities)
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