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Sociology | Master of Arts Degree

The Master's Program is designed to prepare students for managerial and policy positions such as program evaluators, researchers, program directors, and policy makers. It also provides strong preparation for those wishing to pursue a PhD in these fields.

The program is open to students with BA or BS degrees and to advanced undergraduate students. Students who have already completed an undergraduate degree will normally need four semesters of full-time study to complete the MA.

The accelerated BA/MA in Public Sociology allows academically talented SLU undergraduate sociology and anthropology majors to earn both a Bachelor's and Master's degree in five years.

[NEW:] The Personal Potential Index (PPI) is recommended to complete your application for admission. Visit SLU's page about the PPI evaluations and requirements or go to The ETS page to learn more about the PPI.

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Application Deadline for Beginning Term The Application Package Apply Online
Fall: Rolling admission Transcript(s); Three (3) Letters of Recommendation; GRE G scores; Resume; Professional Goal Statement; Three (3) Personal Potential Index evaluations (recommended)
(Advantages of the web application)
Spring: No admittance
Summer: No admittance
Tel. No.: 314.977.2900
Chair: Richard A. Colignon, Ph.D.
Admission Coordinator: Ashlee Dorsey

Assistantship Application Deadline: February 1

Required Additional Application Materials for International Students

Check our English Proficiency Policy page for specific TOEFL and IELTS score requirements. You may also visit our international prospects, applicants and students page for more information about international application requirements.

Applicant Criteria

  • All aspects of a candidate's application are considered equally and evenly.  
  • An 3.0 or higher GPA
  • A review of GRE scores
  • A review of TOEFL scores (for International applicants)

Sociology & Anthropology Application Review Process

  • Applications are reviewed by the admissions committee members

Admission Statistics

  • Inaugural program class has over 20 students, three of whom are graduate assistants

Credit Hours/Coursework: 33 credit hours of graduate study with six hours devoted to electives. | Graduate Course Offerings 

  • Each candidate must select between a thesis (6 credit hours) or a non-thesis course of work (with comprehensive examination).
  • 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).
  • Students must earn a "B" grade or better in all graduate courses taken to earn credit in the program.
  • Students are expected to complete all course work within five years of admission.

Program Description: The department of sociology and anthropology offers a Master of Arts with specializations in urban sociology, 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 program is distinctive in its blend of academic and practical skills. | Master's Programs

Careers Possibilities: Market Research Analyst; Non-profit Administrator: Policy Analyst.
PUBLIC SOCIOLOGY -- This track prepares students for employment as researchers, administrators and policy makers in both the public and private sectors. Researchers may be involved in such areas as community development, urban planning, health care delivery, social welfare programs, and program evaluation. Graduates with strong computer and methodological skills may become researchers at research institutes, including the Census Bureau, public opinion centers, and other federal agencies.
| Alumni Information 

Curriculum & Program Details: The program trains students to identify and document insights into these social processes and structures in their future professions. Courses are taught by an interdisciplinary faculty that maximizes the richness of concepts and methodologies of social sciences providing a strong foundation for analyzing the issues of justice, administration, and policy. The program is designed to prepare students for managerial and policy positions. | Graduate Course Descriptions

About the Faculty: Our award winning faculty in the Department of Sociology are nationally and internationally recognized scholars/teachers and dedicated mentors holding degrees in: Anthropology, Social Planning, Social Geography, and Sociology. In addition to our departmental faculty, we have faculty members from the departments of Public Policy and Research Methodology. | Sociology Graduate Education Faculty

Scholarships & Financial Aid: Research and teaching assistantships are available to students who qualify. These awards are based on merit and include a stipend, tuition scholarship, and health insurance. | Student Financial Services at SLU

Program Highlights: The Master of Arts degree is an exciting new program, featuring the Combined BA/MA option for undergraduate students. Students accepted into the BA/MA program will take graduate level courses in the fourth and fifth years of study. This coursework will satisfy remaining undergraduate requirements, including the minor requirement, and count towards an MA. Sophomores may be able to start the combined BA/MA and still complete their degrees in five years. In 2009, the department opened their Forensic Science laboratory on campus, aiding the, undergraduate certification and graduate work-study requirements. | Faculty Research Disciplines

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