Program Requirements

Program requirements to receive the Master of Science (M.S.) in Applied Sociology Degree

Students Must:

  1. Satisfactorily complete 36 of graduate coursework as outlined below.

    • No more than 6 hours of 500 level coursework may be counted toward a degree.

  2. Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on all coursework.Complete either an Internship or Thesis option as discussed below.

    • No grade of “D” or “F” may be counted toward a degree. All course to be counted toward a degree in which a “D” or “F” is earned must be repeated with a grade of at least “C.”

    •  No more than 6 hours of “C” grades may be counted toward a degree.

  3. Be recommended for the degree by the Graduate Faculty Committee.

  4. Meet all requirements for the M.S. in Applied Sociology degree within 6 years of enrolling in the M.S. in Applied Sociology program.


Required Courses

SOC 601 Complex Organizations

3 hours

SOC 602 Social Stratification and Structured Inequality

3 hours

SOC 603 Applied Social Theory

3 hours

SOC 604 Applied Research Design and Methodology

3 hours

SOC 605 Advanced Statistics for Applied Sociology

3 hours

SOC 606 Evaluation and Assessment

3 hours

Concentration Electives

12 hours

SOC 701 Field Internship or SOC 770 Thesis Research & Thesis

6 hours


36 hours


Areas of Concentration

Criminal Justice

Globalization and Sustainability

SOC 620 Applied Criminological Theory

SOC 501 Population

SOC 630 Race, Gender, Class & the C. J. System

SOC 555 Urban Sociology

SOC 635 Applied Crime Mapping in the Social Sciences

SOC 565 Social Change and Globalization

SOC 645 Dimensions of Homicide

SOC 607 Social Policy


SOC 625 Population Policy


SOC 650 Applied Study Abroad


SOC 655 Applied Environmental Sociology


SOC 660 Participatory Research and Popular Education


SOC 665 Globalization and Social Transformation

May be used in any concentration when appropriate and approved by the Graduate Coordinator in the Applied Sociology program

Course Electives

Must be selected from one area of concentration.

SOC 500 Independent Study
SOC 595 Special Topics Seminar
SOC 690 Independent Study in Applied Sociology
SOC 698 Special Topics in Applied Sociology