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Sociology, BA/MA Accelerated Program

Offered in: CHICAGO

The Sociology faculty at Roosevelty offers an accelerated BA/MA program to eligible students. Students entering this program can earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in sociology in less time than earning these degrees separately would require.

Students apply for the accelerated degree program in their junior year, begin enrolling for graduate courses in the senior year, and graduate upon completion of all requirements. As undergraduates, eligible students may earn between six and nine credit hours (taking two or three graduate-level courses), which are applied toward both the undergraduate degree as well as the graduate degree.

Graduate courses taken during the student’s senior year will depend on the courses the student has remaining to complete his/her undergraduate degree in Sociology, although only one of these courses can be a core requirement for the MA degree. Once the student completes the BA, the graduate-level courses taken as an undergraduate will be transferred to their MA transcript.

In addition, students enrolling in this program benefit from paying undergraduate tuition for courses that will count toward both their undergraduate and graduate coursework. Students also jump start their progress toward completing a MA in Applied Sociology.


Applicants must be a Sociology major at Roosevelt University, have an overall GPA of 3.0 and a 3.25 GPA (or better) in Sociology in a minimum of four Sociology courses taken at time of application, and completion of core requirements for the Sociology BA. Accepted students must also agree to finish MA program at Roosevelt and maintain good standing in master’s level courses.

Degree awards
The BA is awarded when all undergraduate requirements are completed (with substitution of three graduate level courses for three undergraduate departmental electives). The MA is awarded when all graduate requirements are completed, including the thesis/ experiential research and learning option or master’s paper option.

Application deadlines
Fall term: Aug. 15
Spring term: Dec. 1

General Education Requirements

Academic Communities of Practice

  ACP 101 First-Year Seminar (required for students who enter RU with fewer than 12 semester hours) .....3
  ACP 110 Primary Texts .....3
  ACP 250 Grounds for Change .....3

English Composition (minimum grade of C- required)

  ENG 101 Composition I: Critical Reading and Writing .....3
  ENG 102 Composition II: Introduction to Academic Research .....3


  Nine semester hours total required from these subject areas: African-American Studies, Art History, English (excluding 101 and 102), History, Languages, Music, Philosophy, Theatre, Speech and Women's and Gender Studies .....9


  MATH 110 Math 110 or above (Math, Computer Science & Technology, and Science majors have different requirements -- see advisor). .....3

Non-Western Requirement

  Non-Western course (can be used for Humanities or Social Sciences general education requirements) .....3

RU Mission-Related Course (minimum grade of C- required)

  LIBS 201 Writing Social Justice .....3


  One biological science and one physical science required; at least one must be a four-hour lab (not applicable for science majors) TOTAL: at least 7 science hours. .....7-8

Social Sciences

  Nine semester hours total required from these subject areas: African-American Studies, Anthropology, Economics, History, Journalism, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies .....9

These quantitative requirements also apply to degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences:

  • Students may apply no more than 60 semester hours of 100-level courses toward the degree.
  • Students must apply no fewer than 60 semester hours of 200- and 300-level courses toward the degree.
  • Students must have at least 18 semester hours (of the 60 semester hours above) at the 300 level.
  • Students may transfer in no more than 66 semester hours from community colleges.
  • Students must take their final 30 hours at Roosevelt University. Note that some majors have additional requirements for RU hours.
  • Students must have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher to graduate. Note that some majors have additional GPA requirements.
  • Students must have a minimum of 90 hours in Arts and Sciences.
  • Students may apply no more than 51 hours in the major (BA) or 57 hours in the major (BS)