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M.A. in Sociology

Admission Requirements

For admission to the program, a student is ordinarily expected to have a degree in sociology or a related discipline.

Applicants for graduate study in sociology must have:

1.    taken the GRE (the department will waive the GRE for students who have an overall GPA of 3.2 and a GPA of  3.5 in Sociology – see below for details)

2.    a 750-word intellectual autobiography that includes reasons for seeking the degree, and

3.    three letters of recommendation.

Applicants who have taken 21upper division hours in Sociology at the University of West Georgia, six of which must be from required courses, and who meet the GPA requirements listed above do not have to take the GRE to be considered for regular admission.  

To apply or to learn more about the application process, students can consult the following website:

Degree Requirements

The core courses for the Master's program consist of nine hours in theory, research methodology and statistics. To satisfy the theory requirement students must take SOCI 6305 or another 6000-level theory course approved by the department’s director of graduate studies. To satisfy the research methodology requirement, students must take SOCI 6013 or SOCI 6613.  To satisfy the statistics requirement, students must take SOCI 5003 or another graduate level statistics course approved by the department’s director of graduate studies. Students who have not had a theory course in sociology must enroll in SOCI 5053 prior to enrolling in the core courses that satisfy the theory requirement. Students who have not had a research methodology course in sociology must enroll in SOCI 5000 prior to enrolling in SOCI 6013 or SOCI 6613.  

Students accepted into the program may choose either Plan I (Thesis) or Plan II (Comprehensive Exam). Under Plans I and II students must complete 21 hours of elective course work beyond the core requirements. Under Plan I students must also take three hours of Thesis Preparation (SOCI 6882), and three hours of thesis work (SOCI 6999). A thesis is required. Under Plan II students must also take six hours of Comprehensive Exam Preparation (SOCI 6782). A comprehensive exam is required. Under either plan students must complete a minimum of 36 hours, one-half of which must be at the 6000-level. A total of six hours may be selected from courses outside the Sociology Master’s program. 


Click the following link to access the full Graduate Handbook.