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MA with a Major in Sociology (37 hours)

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Program Overview

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. 


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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