The MA in Applied Sociology emphasizes the application of sociological knowledge, social theory, and research methods aimed at the development of policies and programs working toward social justice and change. Course work focuses on a range of practical and marketable research skills in research methods, applied social statistics, qualitative research and evaluation methods, as well as writing for a public sociology audience. Students gain competence in the foundations of sociological theory and knowledge of race and class inequalities in relation to the faculty’s core strengths of urban sociology, mass incarceration, community health, urban education and youth advocacy.
Because Roosevelt is situated in the heart of downtown Chicago, students will have unique opportunities to work in the actual communities impacted by the social forces they study in the class. Students in the program are strongly encouraged to pursue service-learning and internship opportunities with non-profit community organizations, public service agencies, urban schools and after school programs, and activist groups to gain practical experience in the community and city while working for social change. Students will also have opportunities to work with the Department’s three research centers: the Policy Research Collaborative, Mansfield Institute for Social Justice and Transformation, and the St. Clair Drake Center for African and African-American Studies.
Completion of this degree normally requires two years as a full-time student, taking nine credit hours per semester. The program also provides part-time students a path toward completing the degree in a timeframe that is compatible with their busy schedules.
The MA in Applied Sociology prepares our graduates for careers in the public sector, non-profit organizations, academia, and the private sector. Applied Sociology provides a strong foundation for students seeking careers in social service agencies, non-profits, public policy analysis, community organizations, health care management, labor unions, and criminal justice work, as well as fields in the corporate world such as advertising, marketing, public relations, and market research analysis. Many of our graduates have remained in academia as college instructors at community colleges around Chicago or have continued advanced studies in PhD programs.
Students earning a master's degree in Applied Sociology choose one of the following two tracks:
Track 1: requires 36 semester hours of graduate course work, including a six-hour research-based thesis (Soc 490) or an Experiential Research and Learning Project (Soc 491).
Track 2: requires 36 semester hours of graduate course work, including a three-hour Research and Writing Project (Soc 492).
The coursework for the MA is Applied Sociology is based at Roosevelt University’s Chicago campus. These are the guidelines for admission to the program:
Important: Applicants not meeting the above requirements will be considered for admission if they submit a detailed work history, record of community activism, and letters of reference or with the approval of the graduate advisor. In certain instances, applicants may be admitted on a probationary basis with special restrictions.
To earn the MA in Applied Sociology, students may choose to complete 36 semester hours of coursework, including six semester hours of Thesis (Soc 490) or Experiential Research and Learning (Soc 491); or 36 semester hours of coursework, including three semester hours of Research and Writing (Soc 492).
For students in both tracks, six core courses are required. Each must be taken the first time it is offered after the student has been admitted to the program. Students electing the thesis or experiential research and learning option must have a GPA of 3.5 after 27 credit hours.
Coursework must be completed with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and include an MA paper, thesis, or experiential research and learning project. Students must consult with the graduate advisor before deciding on an option.
Up to six semester hours of transfer credit may be counted upon approval by the Sociology faculty, providing these credits are in compliance with University requirements. With approval from the Sociology faculty, up to six semester hours in related disciplines may be included.
Students must complete an oral examination or defense of their work in Soc 490 or Soc 491. Upon completion of written work, students schedule an oral defense with faculty committee (faculty chair and second reader). A final grade for this project will not be submitted until the student presents an oral defense of work. The oral defense must be completed in a timely fashion to meet university deadlines for graduation.
Students selecting this option complete the requirements below and choose between writing a research-based thesis or an experiential research and learning project (e.g., service learning project, study abroad, etc.). In both cases, students must submit a written proposal, including a proposed bibliography, list of research questions, and methodology statement or description of experiential research and learning project. Both the proposal and the completed thesis or project must be approved by a committee of two faculty members. The chair of the committee must hold full-time appointment in Sociology.
Students in this track will complete the requirements below and write an MA paper. The MA paper (SOC 492) is designed to allow students to conduct a critical and in-depth analysis on a particular sociological issue (problem), a specific area of sociology (e.g., social stratification, deviance, race, gender, housing), or a critical review of the literature surrounding a contemporary sociological debate. Students must submit a written MA paper proposal, including a proposed bibliography. Both the proposal and the completed project must be approved by a committee of two faculty members. The chair of the committee must hold full-time appointment in Sociology.
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