Sociology

MA Course-Based Program

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The course-based MA program in Sociology is an intensive year of study in core courses in theory, research design, research methods and statistics, followed by a Capping Project (SOC 900).  Students are also required to complete mandatory Ethics Training and Professional Development

A supervisor will oversee the student's work in SOC 900, which includes a critical appraisal of the literature and formulation of a research topic in a subject area of interest.  During the winter term, and concurrent with a course in research design (SOC 533), the student's topic is developed into a research project which demonstrates the student's ability to work in a scholarly manner.  The caping project also requires an oral examination. 

The time required to complete an MA program will vary, however the course-based MA degree will typically be completed in 12 - 16 months. 

Program Requirements

Students in the MA course-based program are required to take a minimum of 6 single-term courses at the 500 or 600-level, followed by *6 in SOC 900. Specific requirements include the following: 

Required Courses:

Credits:

SOC 533 Seminar in Research Design

*3

One of:

SOC 531 Seminar in the History of Sociological Thought

*3

SOC 535 Seminar in Contemporary Sociological Theory

One of:

SOC 509 Multivariable Sociological Analysis

*3

SOC 515 Quantitative Methods in Social Research

One of:

SOC 518 Qualitative Methods in Social Research

*3

SOC 519 Comparative & Historical Methods in Social Research

Plus:

Two optional courses in Sociology, or another department with approval of the Sociology Graduate office.

*6

Ethics Training - Students will attend the SOC 605 lecture on ethics and complete the online Graduate Student Ethics training course to meet this requirement.

SOC 900 Part I Research Proposal, Part II Project Completion (*3), usually take both Fall and Winter terms.

*6

Total Program Credits:

*24