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Sociology, MA

Offered in: CHICAGO

Students earning a master's degree in Sociology choose one of the following two tracks:

  1. 36 semester hours of graduate course work, including a three-hour Research and Writing Project (Soc 492).
  2. 36 semester hours of graduate course work, including a six-hour research-based thesis (Soc 490) or an experiential learning project (Soc 491).

Admission

The coursework for the MA is Sociology is based at Roosevelt University’s Chicago campus (with only few exceptions). These are the guidelines for admission to the program:

  1. Applicants with an overall undergraduate GPA of 2.7 or higher are admitted based upon previous academic performance.
  2. Applicants submit a one-page admission essay explaining the applicant's desire to pursue graduate work in Sociology.
  3. Applicants also should have completed four undergraduate Sociology classes with a GPA of 3.25 of higher.

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.

Requirements

To earn the MA in Sociology, students may choose to complete 36 semester hours of coursework, including six semester hours of Thesis (Soc 490) or Experiential Research & Learning (Soc 491); or 36 semester hours of coursework, including three semester hours of Research & Writing (Soc 492).

For students in both tracks, six 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 a MA paper, thesis, or experiential research and learning project. Students should 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 project will not be submitted until student presents oral defense of work. The oral defense must be completed in timely fashion to meet university deadlines for graduation.

Track 1 - Thesis & Experiential Research & Learning Option

Offered in: CHICAGO

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 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.

  Six electives approved by graduate advisor .....18
  SOC 401 Pro-Seminar: Individuals, Institutions and Power .....3
  SOC 406 Seminar in Social Theory .....3
  SOC 480 Seminar in Theory and Method OR .....3

One methods course is required, chosen from these two:

  PADM 403 Quantitative Methods .....3
  SOC 408 Qualitative Methods .....3

One of these final writing courses is required:

  SOC 490 Thesis .....6
  SOC 491 Experiential Research & Learning .....6

Track 2 - Research and Writing Option

Offered in: CHICAGO

Students in this track will complete the requirements below and write a 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.

  Seven electives approved by the graduate advisor .....21
  SOC 401 Pro-Seminar: Individuals, Institutions and Power .....3
  SOC 406 Seminar in Social Theory .....3
  SOC 480 Seminar in Theory and Method OR .....3
  SOC 492 Research and Writing .....3

One of these two methods courses is required

  PADM 403 Quantitative Methods .....3
  SOC 408 Qualitative Methods .....3