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Graduate Bulletin

Sociology, M.A.


Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadline:

Fall: January 15

Applications are evaluated as they are received throughout the year.

Letters of Reference:

Number Required: 3

From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from college/University faculty members familiar with academic competence, wherever possible.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:



Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

Yes. Sociology, Economics, History, Criminal Justice, Political Science, Urban Studies, Psychology, among others.

Statement of Goals:

The statement of goals should give the reasons the student wishes to attend graduate school and describe the student's career goals.

Standardized Test Scores:

The GRE is required. GRE: Quantitative and Verbal combined: 1000

Minimum TOEFL score or range of scores needed to be accepted: 600 on the paper-based test or 250 on the computer-based test.

Writing Sample:

The writing sample should demonstrate your ability to conduct research and to write a scholarly paper. The writing sample may be on any topic and of any length, and must be fully referenced according to a professional and scholarly style.

Transfer Credit:

Students may request a transfer of credit for up to two courses of graduate work done at other institutions if these were not used to fulfill the requirements of a graduate degree earned elsewhere. The maximum number of credits a student may transfer is 6.


Program Requirements

Campus Location:

Main Campus, Center City

Full-Time/Part-Time Status:

Students are required to complete the degree program through classes offered before and after 4:30 p.m.

General Program Requirements:

Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 36

Required Courses:

Two classes in theory (510, 512); three classes in methods of inquiry (511, 513 or 810, and 564); two classes in statistics (433 and 563); three research electives; and two additional electives.

Internship: No internship is required.

Language Examination: No language examination is required.

Culminating Events:

This program has no culminating events.


Program Contact Information:


Department Information:

Dept. of Sociology
713 Gladfelter Hall
1115 West Berks Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Department Contacts:


Don Hartman


Program Coordinator:

Dr. Kevin Delaney


Graduate Chairperson:

Dr. Kevin Delaney



Dr. Julia Ericksen


About the Program

The graduate program in Sociology is devoted to the training of research scholars and educators in the discipline. Students have a variety of career goals, ranging from academic research and teaching to research and administration in private or public agencies. Most students that complete the M.A. degree (alone) enter social research settings in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 3 years

Campus Location:

Main Campus, Center City

Students are required to complete the degree program through classes offered before and after 4:30 p.m. Students are able to complete the degree program on a part-time basis (8 credit hours or less per semester).

Department Information

Dept. of Sociology
713 Gladfelter Hall
1115 West Berks Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122


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Areas of Specialization:

The Department offers two distinct programs of study in Sociology. The Masters program provides students with advanced training in policy-oriented research skills, with a regional emphasis on the Philadelphia metropolitan area. It is especially designed for those who already work in agencies where such skills are used and who wish to upgrade their qualifications. The Doctoral program prepares students for research, teaching, and advanced work in applied settings. The program allows students some flexibility in developing additional specialties within the Department, in special cases incorporating studies in related disciplines.

Job Placement:

Graduates of the M.A. program are typically employed as applied researchers and administrators in private and public agencies.


The program is affiliated with the American Sociological Association.

Interdisciplinary Study:

The program encourages students to participate in seminars in other social sciences including History, Anthropology, Psychology, Political Science, Urban Studies, Criminal Justice, and Urban Education.

Study Abroad:



Not applicable.

Non-Degree Student Policy:

Non-matriculated students may take as many as 9 credit hours of coursework. These may be applied toward degree requirements upon matriculation. The particular courses taken on a non-matriculated basis must be approved in advance by the graduate director.

Financing Opportunities

Teaching Assistantships -- The principal duties of a Teaching Assistant include assisting faculty members in classroom and laboratory instruction, conducting tutorial and discussion sections, and grading quizzes.

Other Financial Opportunities