The Master of Arts Program in Sociology at the University of South Alabama (USA) provides students with advanced training in sociological theory and social science research methods for enhanced understanding of several specialized subject areas of sociology, including crime and deviance, environmental sociology, family, gender, medical sociology, religion, social psychology, stratification and mobility, and work and labor markets. In addition to working closely with sociology graduate faculty, students can collaborate with graduate faculty in anthropology and social work and can simultaneously pursue a graduate certificate in gerontology. Full-time graduate students can earn a master’s degree in sociology in four academic semesters. The Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work also offers an accelerated bachelor's to master's degree in sociology. Students in the accelerated bachelor’s to master’s degree program can earn a master’s degree in sociology within one academic year after completing their undergraduate degree.
Students in the Master of Arts Program in Sociology are involved in a variety of scholarly research projects and can gain valuable teaching-related experience. Students are also engaged in a number of community-based internships in and around Mobile with area partners such as the Veterans Health Administration, the University of South Alabama, the United States Probation Office, Feeding the Gulf Coast, and Via Health, Fitness, and Enrichment Center. No matter the academic experience, the Master of Arts Program in Sociology provides students with both scholarly and practical skills for continued graduate study or workforce readiness.
Careers in Sociology
Students who earn a master’s degree in sociology at USA are prepared for doctoral-level study or for careers in teaching, private industry, government, or community and social service. Click on the following links for information about sociology and for resources about potential careers in sociology:
- American Sociological Association
- Association of Black Sociologists
- Mid-South Sociological Association
- Society for the Study of Social Problems
- Sociologists for Women in Society
- Southern Sociological Society
Students can apply for admission to the Master of Arts Program in Sociology to begin study in the Fall or Spring semester. However, it is highly recommended that students apply for admission to begin study in the Fall semester as per the academic structure of the Master of Arts Program in Sociology.
To earn a Master of Arts degree in sociology, students must complete thirty (30) credit hours of graduate-level work with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0. At least twenty-four (24) credit hours of graduate-level work must be in sociology. Program requirements, both for students planning to ultimately pursue doctoral-level study and for students planning to ultimately pursue a career in teaching, private industry, government, or community and social service, are found in the USA Bulletin.