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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Master of Arts in Sociology: General Emphasis

The Master of Arts in Sociology: General is designed for the person seeking a comprehensive, sociological understanding of the social world. The program strongly emphasizes the diversity of sociological theories and research methodologies. Upon this foundation, the program provides an in-depth apprenticeship in the discipline of sociology by combining core courses, diverse subject areas, and the opportunity for intensive academic specialization. This program is ideally suited for those planning on advanced graduate training in a doctoral program and an academic career. It can also be effectively used as a terminal degree by those who choose to pursue careers in applied settings.

Admission Requirements

Students seeking admission to the Master of Arts in Sociology program must meet the following requirements:

  1. 18 semester credits of sociology including courses in theory, research methods and statistics.
  2. A grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for all undergraduate work.
  3. Three letters of recommendation. Forms are available from the Department of Sociology and Corrections.
  4. Curriculum vitae or resume.
  5. Statement of Purpose.
  6. Writing Sample 

Students not meeting specific requirements may be admitted provisionally and be asked to fulfill deficiencies in addition to the regular schedule of courses.

Program Requirements

The Master of Arts: General Emphasis degree requires a minimum of 33 graduate credits in sociology. The following courses are required.

Required Core (18 credits):

Soc 602 (3) Seminar in Social Organization
Soc 603 (3) Seminar in Social Psychology
Soc 604 (3) Seminar in Sociological Statistics
Soc 605 (3) Seminar in Research Methods
Soc 606 (3) Seminar in Sociological Theory
Soc 699 (3) Thesis

Students are required to maintain a 3.0 grade point average for the entire degree program. Half of all graduate credit applied toward the degree must be earned in courses at the 600 level. Up to six credits may be taken outside of the department with the approval of a student's advisor. The student must complete all graduate degree requirements within six years.

A master's thesis is written under the supervision of the student's thesis advisor and examining committee. The thesis may be original research, an historical review, replication of an existing study, secondary analysis of available data, or applied research. Thesis requirements include an oral defense of the thesis proposal at the beginning of the project and a successful oral defense upon completion of the work.