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Sociology and Applied Sociology Graduate Programs

MA with a Major in Sociology (37 hours)

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  • The Master of Arts degree has two main goals. The first goal is to prepare graduates for a variety of careers that include government, private enterprise, education, and social services. The second is to provide a sound background for those who anticipate further doctoral studies.

  • 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 College. 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.

  • 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. 

    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
    • Statistician
    • Evaluation researcher
    • Grant writer, grant specialist, grant manager
  • The master’s program in Sociology at Texas State University is what enabled me to get to where I am today. The faculty and staff were always supportive and kind. Not only being a student there, but working with the department as well as a graduate teaching assistant strengthened my ability to work well with others, pursue my research interests, feel confident in the path I am following, and make resilient connections with others in academia. I was given a full ride to the PhD program at University of Colorado in Boulder and am 100% prepared to start the newest chapter of my life thanks to Texas State. I am continuing my research looking at the sociology of culture through music and film with the hopes of pushing the use of film as a teaching material in sociology in the United States.” -Danni Lopez-Rogina, MA Sociology ‘17

    “The curriculum and program structure for the Master of Arts in Sociology at Texas State provided a strong foundation for future academic pursuits. Coursework, mentorship from faculty/staff, access to information and resources about navigating an academic career and graduate school were invaluable to my development as a researcher and aspiring scholar. Finally, the departmental culture among faculty and staff to assist, encourage, and guide students really made Texas State feel like home. I am incredibly grateful to the department of Sociology, and am proud to count myself among our alumni.” -Maggie Chamberlain, MA ‘17

    “I absolutely loved my graduate school journey in the Department of Sociology. I gained amazing, lifelong friends and received top-notch mentoring from amazing faculty members. I constantly apply the lessons I learned in survey research, data analysis, diversity & inclusion, and public speaking that I gained in graduate school. I am confident that continuing my education was the best decision for my personal and professional development.” -Madison Tabersmith, MA ’17


MS with a Major in Applied Sociology (37 hours)

  • 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. The M.S. 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 MS 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.

  • 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.

  • Our graduates are very successful! Our graduates work in non-profit agencies, local government agencies, and for universities. 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.

    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
    • Statistician
    • Evaluation researcher
    • Grant writer, grant specialist, grant manager
  • “When I reflect on my time in the Texas State Applied Sociology MS program, I conclude that the program improved both my skills and self-efficacy. I loved the fact that all of my classes were small and heavily-focused on discussion. Class discussions are a hallmark of a strong graduate program, and are the core activity in all of my doctoral coursework. I appreciated the opportunities to engage in research through the program, both as a part of the final research practicum and with individual faculty members. This provides students with real-world experience that may put them ahead of others graduating from similar programs. Many of the faculty members are conducting exciting and innovative research, and they are often happy to include students in that work if students show interest. I am thankful and happy that I had the opportunity to attend Texas State's Applied Sociology MS program, and I highly recommend it to anyone who hopes to build a career in social science research.” -Meagan Richard, MS Applied Sociology ‘15

    “Because I chose the applied route, it really helped me to be able to take what I was learning in the classroom and use it right away. I could get a better sense for how the material actually translated to the “real world.” For example, during Qualitative Methods I was really excited to start using these methods in my analysis at work. However, I quickly learned the importance of being able to explain the value of qualitative findings to a non-academic audience. The MS program absolutely prepared me for a career in nonprofit development.” -Alyssa Haney, MS Applied Sociology ’17


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