Sociology, MA

for the degree of Master of Science in Sociology

head of department: Tim Liao

director of graduate studies: Brian Dill

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overview of graduate college admissions & requirements: Graduate Admissions

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department office: 3120 Lincoln Hall, 702 S. Wright St., Urbana, IL 61801

phone: (217) 333-1950

fax: (217) 333-5225


The master's degree is granted as an intermediate step on the way to the Ph.D. Students should ordinarily complete the requirements during their second year of residence.

Graduate Degree Programs in Sociology

Sociology, MA

concentration: African American Studies

Sociology, PhD

concentration: African American Studies


The Graduate College admission requirements apply. Students applying for admission should have a background in one of the social sciences, preferably sociology. Applicants must submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores on the tests of verbal ability, quantitative ability, and analytical ability. The advanced test in sociology is optional. A writing sample is required. Non-native English speakers must also submit Teaching of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores and the Test of Spoken English (TSE) scores. The department does not accept applications to the M.A. program.

Graduate Teaching Experience

Although teaching is not a general Graduate College requirement, experience in teaching is considered an important part of the graduate experience in this program.

Financial Aid

Financial support is provided for most graduate students through teaching assistantships, research assistantships, tuition and fee waivers, fellowships, and other University and external financial support.

for the degree of Master of Science in Sociology

For additional details and requirements refer to the department's graduate handbook and the Graduate College Handbook.

SOC 510Professionalization Seminar (2 semesters)4
SOC 500Classical Sociological Theory4
or SOC 501 Contemp Sociological Theory
SOC 485Intermediate Social Statistics (or equivalent)4
Select one of the following:4
Survey Research Methods
Qualitative Research Methods
Adv Social Statistics II
Individual Topics in Sociology
Six additional courses at 400 or 500 level (at least 4 in SOC and 4 at the 500 level)24
Total Hours40

Other Requirements

Other requirements may overlap
At least two semesters in residence and 5 UIUC courses minimum are required.
A Master's paper is required.
Minimum Hours Required Within the Unit: 32
Minimum 500-level Hours Required Overall: 28
Minimum GPA: 3.25