Saint Louis University

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology offers a Master of Arts in Sociology with specializations in Urban Social Policy, Health and the Environment, Law and Society, and Spatial Demography. The program provides students with the analytic and administrative skills to advance in leadership positions in the public, private and government sectors.

The MA specializations are a unique blend of theoretical and research tools that allow students to analyze social issues, evaluate solutions, and improve the quality and justice of community life.

Our specializations encompass rigorous empirical analyses of urban, health, legal and global life. Courses are taught by an interdisciplinary faculty who are outstanding scholars with practical experience. The faculty is engaged in cutting edge research that is brought into the class room to enrich and enliven the education. Students benefit from the integration of the practical and empirical skills needed in 21st century organizations.

Our program prepares students for managerial and policy positions including program evaluators, researchers, program directors, and policy makers. Our program also provides a strong foundation for those seeking a Ph.D. in areas of social science and public policy.

Degree Requirements

  1. The program requires a minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate study.
  2. All students must complete a minimum of 27 credit hours of course work.
  3. All students are required to take 12 credit hours of core course work, 6 credit hours of practical course work, and a minimum of 9 credit hours of electives (15 credit hours if they elect to take the non-thesis option).
  4. There are two options to complete the MA.
    1. Thesis (6 credit hours) and oral defense.
    2. Comprehensive Examination (requires 6 addition credit hours of electives).
  5. Students must earn a "B" grade or better in all graduate courses taken to earn graduate credit in the program.
  6. Students are expected to complete all course work within five years of admission. Students may petition the Graduate School for an extension.

Applications for the program are now being accepted.

Graduate Program Handbook

You can also contact Dr. Colignon ( or Ashlee Dorsey ( @ 977-2900 for more information on these programs.