Sociology: College Teaching (M.A.)

The Master of Arts Sociology: College Teaching is designed for students planning an academic career with a Master's degree and an emphasis on teaching. MA graduates are typically eligible for most academic appointments at the community college level.

Program Highlights

  • You can complete the M.A. entirely online, and most classes are offered in an online, asynchronous format to accommodate any schedule. Only four classes require synchronous meetings, and these can be attended remotely.
  • The program can be completed in two years, or even less if students can take classes and/or engage in research during summers.
  • With a particular focus on the skills you will need to be an effective teacher at the community college level, the M.S. provides a solid foundation in the discipline of sociology through engaging coursework on social theories and inequalities.
  • Students in the program will have opportunities to collaborate with professors on ongoing research projects and to help lead and teach undergraduate sociology classes. In recent years, student in the program have co-authored peer-reviewed manuscripts or co-presented at professional conferences with professors, and many often guest lecture in their classes.
  • Even beyond teaching, graduates of the program are well-equipped for doctoral study in sociology or related disciplines, and they compete for many in-demand jobs like data scientist or research analyst – jobs that the US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimate will grow between 20% and 35% over the next decade.

Application Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university with 18 credits of sociology including courses in theory, research methods, and statistics.
  • A grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for all undergraduate work.
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to your abilities and potential for success in a graduate program.
  • A Personal Statement that describes your reason for wanting to earn this degree.
  • Resume
  • Writing Sample

Additional Requirements for International Applicants:

Application Deadlines

  U.S. Based Applicants International Applicants
Fall Start Rolling May 1
Spring Start Rolling September 1
Summer Start Rolling N/A

Time to Completion: 2 years

Graduate Coordinator Contact

Dr. Aaron Hoy

Sociology Website