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2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Sociology, M.A.

Return to: 3520 Department of Sociology  

Additional Admission Requirements

In addition to the general requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Sociology has the following requirements:

  1. Students applying for the M.A. only program from a baccalaureate program:
    • Applicants must submit scores on the verbal, quantitative, and analytical sections of the GRE.
    • Applicants must submit three (3) letters of recommendation from faculty personally acquainted with the applicant’s academic achievements.
    • Applicants must submit a sample of their written scholarly work (e.g., their term/research paper).  

Degree Requirements

Professional Specialization in Data Analysis

The M.A. Only Program is a minimum 31 credit hour degree program beyond the Bachelor’s degree (25 credit hours of course work and 6 credit hours of internship and capstone paper). If a student needs to take SOCI 3010: Social Statistics, SOCI 3020: Research Methods, and/or SOCI 3030: Sociological Theory (or their equivalents, as determined by the Director of Graduate Studies), these courses must be taken as non-credit prerequisites for SOCI 8010 , SOCI 8020 , and SOCI 8030 . The M.A.-Only Program consists of a Master’s Core (1), Master’s Electives (2), and Other Master’s Requirements (3).

Students with post-Bachelor’s degree course work from other accredited institutions may petition to transfer up to 6 hours (2 courses) of course work towards the M.A. degree following petition to, and approval by, the departmental Director of Graduate Studies. With the approval of the departmental Director of Graduate Studies, up to 6 hours (2 courses) of advanced data analysis may be taken in a related field or fields with approval of graduate director.


  1. Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (“B”) or better and must receive a grade of “B” or better in each of the required courses. If a student receives a lower grade in a required course, the student must repeat the course the very next time the course is offered to rectify the grade.
  2. The total number of hours must include a minimum of 25 hours in sociology in the Department of Sociology at Georgia State University.

Master’s Elective Course Work (9 Hours or 3 Courses)

Students will take an additional three substantive sociology courses or advanced data analysis courses as electives.
Substantive Area

One elective should be in a substantive area such as:
Advanced Data Analysis or Data Collection

One elective should be in an advanced data analysis or data collection method either in Sociology or another department with permission from the instructor such as:
Substantive or Methodological Elective

One additional substantive or methodological elective of your choice from either offerings (a) or (b).

Other Master’s Requirements (6 Hours)