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Master of Arts Program in Sociology|Department of Sociology

The University of Wyoming's graduate program in sociology has been in existence for more than a half-century. It is an exceptionally strong one for students wishing to earn a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree. The program concentrates on building research skills and substantive knowledge, so graduates may move easily into a professional position or doctoral program (click here for bios of former students). Our faculty members have diverse interests, and students are encouraged to pursue their special interests in the M.A. program (click here for recent thesis titles). We admit a limited number of students each year, so they receive a great deal of individual attention. The cost of graduate education at the University of Wyoming is very affordable, and many students are awarded graduate assistantships that substantially offset the cost of their graduate education. 

Program Requirements
All M.A. students are required to complete a core of three foundation courses, three elective sociology courses, and a thesis (Requirements). In addition, students must complete three additional elective courses, which may be outside of the department and may be used to complete a general degree in sociology or to complete a track in a more specialized area of study. The tracks include: Crime, Law, and Deviance, Research Analyst, and Social Services/Administration

Application Process
Prospective students must apply on-line through the  University of Wyoming Admissions Office web site. Minimum requirements for admission include a GRE score of 291 on the new GRE exam administered from August 2011 forward (or a 900 combined verbal + quantitative score on a GRE exam administered prior to August 2011), a minimum grade point average of 3.0, and some background in sociology. International applicants must fulfill additional requirements (International Student Admissions)

In addition to the on-line application, students must submit three reference letters to the Sociology Department at the address listed below. Please use this Letter of Reference Form.  Applicants to the program are admitted throughout the year, but those applying for graduate assistantships should complete their application by March 1 for the coming academic year.           

Graduate Assistantships
The Sociology Department awards several Graduate Assistantships each year. Students who are awarded these positions generally assist faculty in delivering undergraduate courses. Please click here for directions on applying for a graduate assistantship.

Director of Graduate Studies 

The sociology graduate program director and advisor is Anna Zajacova.  Her email is

To contact the Sociology Department directly, please write, call, or FAX to:

Department of Sociology
Graduate Admissions
Dept. 3293 1000 E. University Ave.
University of Wyoming
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone:  (307) 766-3342
FAX:     (307) 766-3812 

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