Program Requirements

General Program Requirements:
Number of Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 31

Required Courses:

Social Theory Course
SOC 8111Classical Social Theory3
or SOC 9111 Contemporary Sociological Theory
Methods of Inquiry Courses
SOC 8011Logic of Inquiry3
SOC 8211Inferential and Multivariate Statistics4
SOC 8221Qualitative Methods3
SOC 9211Graduate Data Analysis3
SOC 9241Qualitative Data Analysis3
Electives 112
Total Credit Hours31

Of the four elective courses, two must relate to the preliminary examination. Other electives may include:

  • An Independent Study course (SOC 9382):  With the consent of the Graduate Chair and the instructor, students may take one Independent Study course, which is an intensive program of study within a specific area of Sociology. Students who wish to take an Independent Study course must submit to the Graduate Chair at the beginning of the term a "Department Independent Study Request" form describing the readings and/or research they propose to undertake. The form must be signed by both the participating faculty member and the Graduate Chair. A final statement on the work completed must be filed with the Graduate Chair at the end of the term. A letter grade is given for this course.
  • Outside courses: With the approval of the Graduate Chair, students may take one course outside the Sociology Department.

Culminating Events: This program has no culminating events beyond successful completion of coursework. The master’s degree in Sociology is awarded to any candidate who earns a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better in the master’s degree curriculum. Apply for graduation in Self Service Banner by accessing TUportal. Note the deadline for submitting the graduation application on the Graduate School's calendar, found at