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Master of Arts Program in Sociology

***The MA program is not currently accepting 2018-2019 applicants while we restructure the program.***

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 and here for information about career opportunities for Sociologists from the American Sociological Association).

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 (SOC5000: Advanced Sociological Theory, SOC5100: Advanced Sociological Research Methods and SOC5070: Statistical Methods for the Social Sciences),
  • three elective Sociology courses,
  • three additional elective courses,
  • a thesis.

The three additional elective courses may be taken outside of the department and may be used to complete a general degree in sociology or focus on a more specialized area of study. To ensure adequate progress in meeting important milestones in the M.A. program, please consult this document.

Some specialized areas that students have focused on in the past, drawing from resources both in the department and across the university, include:

Crime, Law and Deviance
Students may combine courses in the Sociology curriculum with electives in Criminal Justice to prepare for a doctoral program in Criminology/Criminal Justice or for better preparation for positions in the criminal justice system. These courses help students develop a sociological approach to the study of deviance and crime.

Environment and Natural Resources
Students interested in environmental issues may complete a double major or major/minor in Sociology and Environment and Natural Resources. Students can develop competency in environmental issues, and learn how to approach these topics from a sociological perspective which will help prepare them to work for non-profits, government agencies and other organizations concerned with environmental issues.

Global and Comparative Sociology
Students may also focus on global and/or comparative sociology. In addition to courses with this focus offered through the department there are a variety of courses offered through the Global and Area Studies. These courses will prepare students for PhD programs in sociology or international studies and is suited for those interested in positions with an international component, including positions in international governmental and non-governmental organizations and development and aid agencies.

Statistics and Quantitative Research
Those interested in developing sophisticated research skills for employment as research analysts in government or business may complete the Sociology major with a minor in Statistics, which offers a number of courses with an applied focus. These courses will prepare students in sociological methodology and approaches as well as more advanced statistical techniques.

In short, students in the University of Wyoming Sociology M.A. program have the flexibility to develop their interests by combining courses in Sociology with appropriate courses in other departments.

Application Process
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.            

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.
  • 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.
  • International applicants must fulfill additional requirements ( International Student Admissions).

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.

***The MA program is not currently accepting 2018-2019 applicants while we restructure the program.***

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