Masters Program


M.A. Degree Admission Requirements


Students are admitted to the MA program only for the fall term. Applicants must be officially admitted to the program before enrolling in coursework.

 
The application deadline for the Ph.D. is Jan. 15 of each year. All students apply via the online application. To start the application process, visit gradadmissions.wayne.edu.

 

All applications to the MA program must include the following to be considered:

 

1.       Graduate Application. Complete online application (demographic and educational profile) and pay the application fee (currently $50).

 

2.       Official transcripts from past universities attended. Students must have an overall grade point average of at least 3.0 with a 3.3 or higher in their major courses, upper division courses, and sociology courses. Applicants seeking admission into the MA program who are currently enrolled in a BA program should identify an expected graduation date. Once the BA degree has been granted the student will need to provide the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) documentation verifying that the degree has been conferred. An undergraduate major in sociology is not an absolute requirement for admission, but applicants should have a background in a closely related field.

 

3.       Three (3) letters of recommendation. Letters should be from individuals who can comment on academic abilities and accomplishments (at least 2 letters should be from faculty members at Wayne State or another university).

 

4.       Statement of Interest. The statement (2-3 pages, approximately 500-750 words) should describe the reasons for pursuing a MA in Sociology, proposed areas of study, and career goals. The graduate committee carefully considers these statements when making their admission decisions to ensure student scholarly interests are compatible with those of the faculty.

 

5.       Writing Sample. Students should submit a course paper or report.

 

6.       Graduate Record Examination (G.R.E.): Students are required to submit G.R.E. scores that are no more than 3 years old. The Graduate program uses the G.R.E. scores to evaluate student readiness for graduate-level work. The G.R.E. General Test measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, and analytical writing skills that are not related to any specific field of study. Unofficial scores should be uploaded before they are officially sent to Graduate Admissions (institution code 1898).

 

The Department recognizes that scores on standardized tests are greatly influenced by social and cultural factors, and may not be accurate indicators of performance ability. Consequently, G.R.E. scores are considered, but are not be a binding criterion for admission. However, most students accepted into the MA program have an overall G.R.E. scores in at least the 50th percentile. In the event that a student’s G.R.E. score falls considerably short of the 50th percentile the graduate committee looks for evidence of excellence in the other criteria (e.g., GPA, letters of recommendation, writing sample) used to make their admission decisions. Students with G.R.E. scores below the 50th percentile are encouraged to explain the reasons for lower scores in their statement of interest. A combination of GPA, G.R.E., transcripts, letters of recommendation, and statement of interest will be used to make all admission decisions.

 

7.       TOEFL Scores (international students only): We are currently asking for paper-based TOEFL scores of 600 or above (or internet-based TOEFL scores of 100 or above) for entry into our PhD program.

M.A. Program Requirements

The Master of Arts degree in Sociology offers two tracks: Plan A (thesis track) and Plan B (essay track). Plan B is a terminal MA degree. Students who elect this track have two choices: (1) MA in Sociology, or (2) MA in Applied Sociological Research Methodology.

 

Plan A:  Thesis track

Students who plan to seek a PhD degree should select Plan A. Total hours: 30 (minimum).

§  SOC 6050  Sociological Theory I (3 cr.)

§  SOC 6280  Social Statistics (3 cr.)

§  SOC 7200  Advanced Survey of Approaches and Techniques of Social Research (3 cr.)

§  SOC 7260  Qualitative Sociology (3 cr.)

§  SOC 7030  Introduction to Graduate Studies (1 cr.)

§  Elective courses (3 courses, 9 cr.)

§  SOC 8999 Master’s Thesis (8 cr.)

 

Plan B: Terminal MA degree in Sociology

This is a terminal degree, without a pathway to a PhD program. Plan B. Total hours: 30 (minimum).

§  SOC 6050  Sociological Theory I (3 cr.)

§  SOC 6280  Social Statistics (3 cr.)

§  SOC 7200  Advanced Survey of Approaches and Techniques of Social Research (3 cr.)

§  SOC 7260  Qualitative Sociology (3 cr.)

§  Elective courses (5 courses, 15 cr.)

§  SOC 8999 Master’s Essay (3 cr.)

 

Plan B: Applied Sociological Research Methodology

This is a terminal degree, without a pathway to a PhD program. Plan B. Total hours: 30 (minimum).

§  SOC 6280  Social Statistics (3 cr.) (permission only)

§  SOC 6290  Advanced Social Statistics (prereq. 6280) (3 cr.)

§  SOC 7200  Advanced Survey of Approaches and Techniques of Social Research (3 cr.)

§  SOC 7260  Qualitative Methods (3 cr.)

§  SOC 7500  Advanced Qualitative Methods (prereq. 7260) (3 cr.)

§  SOC 7270  Analysis of Evaluation Data (prereq. 7200, 6280, 6290, 7260) (3 cr.)

§  SOC 7280  Analysis of Complex Sample Survey Data (prereq. 7200, 6280, 6290, 7260) (3 cr.)

§  SOC 7000  Internship in Applied Methodology (3 cr.)

§  Elective course (3 cr.)

§  SOC 7999  Essay (3 cr.)

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