Completion of the MA degree requires a minimum of 30 units of approved course work. All students are required to take SOC 696: Research Methods, SOC 656: Sociological Theory, and SOC 670: Sociological Practice, and complete 9 units in one of the two concentrations: Sociology of Health and Medicine, or Community Development and Social Change. In addition, students must complete the 3 unit SOC 695 internship, 6 units in an applied skills cluster, and a 3 unit capstone course.
Advancement to Candidacy
In order to be eligible to complete the capstone requirement and advance to candidacy for the MA degree, students must:
- Satisfy the general University requirements for Advancement to Candidacy;
- Obtain the written approval of their Master’s course work by their committee chair and the graduate advisor;
- Receive a “B” or better in the three Core courses SOC 696, SOC 656, and SOC 670;
- Complete 24 units of course work, including a minimum of 21 units in sociology, and 18 units in 500 or 600-level courses;
- File a written statement, approved by the faculty adviser, indicating how the student plans to complete all remaining requirements for the degree. This statement will include the members of the thesis committee and the date for completing the thesis, or the date the student will take the comprehensive examination. .
Students must complete one of the following requirements:
- A comprehensive examination in the areas of theory, applied research methods, and substantive issues in their concentration;
- A thesis.
Students choosing the comprehensive examination option will enroll in SOC 697 and earn three units of credit, while those writing a thesis will be granted three units of credit for SOC 698.