Sociology

MA Thesis-Based Program

 
The MA Thesis-based program requires registration in a combination of optional and core coursework in research design, theory, and methods, followed by thesis research in an area of interest to you.  This program is suitable for students who are interested in sociology and criminology.
 
Students complete mandatory Ethics training in our program and are also required to fulfill a Professional Development requirement to help you recognize your talents, pursue your interests, learn professional skills and make connections that will help you excel in your chosen field. 
 
The time required to complete this program will vary according to the previous education of the applicant and the nature of the research undertaken, but typically students will take a minimum of two years.
 
Program Requirements
 
While registered in the program, students are required to take a minimum of 6 single-term courses at the 500 or 600-level in the first year of study plus a minimum of *6 thesis credits in the second year of study, as follows:

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.

MA Thesis

*6

Total Program Credits:

*24