Master's in Sociology

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The Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice offers an M.S. in Sociology with core courses in sociological theory, research methodology, data analysis, and research report writing. 



View a full list of available Sociology (SOC) courses and their  descriptions HERE on our online University Catalog.

Required Courses (18sch)
  • SOC 535 - Readings in Sociology
  • SOC 572 - Classical Sociological Theory
  • SOC 573 - Contemporary Sociological Theory
  • SOC 575 - Advanced Research Methodology
  • SOC 576 - Data Analysis in the Social Sciences
  • SOC 595 - Research Literature and Techniques
Electives (12 SCH)
  • Students can pursue four elective courses in this program, either in sociology or in another department, with advanced advisor approval required before taking outside of sociology electives.

    *Students will need to make certain that the advisor officially approves and requests to substitute outside electives in their degree plan immediately following registration.
  • Regarding special topics electives (SOC 597), you can take this course number more than once, as long as the course title is different each time.
Comprehensive Exam

The comprehensive exam can be completed remotely and does not require you to come to campus.



Our entire Master's in Sociology is approved to be 100% online.


You may finish in two years, if you follow the plan of study. The plan of study guarantees that all necessary courses for graduation will be offered over the two year period. You may be able to speed up the time to graduation significantly by taking more than two courses every semester. Completion in less than two years is possible but not guaranteed.


Fall and Spring - Our fall and spring semesters are 16 weeks long. Occasionally we offer flex-term courses in the fall and spring semesters that start four weeks later than the usual 16-week start date. Flex-term courses are 12 weeks long.

Summer - Summer is split into two terms, Summer I and Summer II, each five weeks long.

Minis - On occasion, we offer mini-terms (August, May, and December) that are three weeks long. If the department is not offering any graduate SOC titled courses in the mini-terms, perhaps consider exploring elective courses for your degree in other departments during the mini-terms.



PRINTABLE APPLICATION CHECKLIST - Providing you step-by-step instructions on the application process.


  • Application
  • Application Fee $50 domestic/$75 international
  • One Letter of Recommendation
  • Official Bachelor’s Transcripts
  • Statement of Goals
  • Writing Sample
  • GRE – Requirement may be waived*
  • Additional items required for international students


Not sure about pursuing the full Master's in Sociology? No problem. You can pursue your 18sch as a "nondegree" student without having to pursue a full graduate degree.

NONDEGREE PRINTABLE APPLICATION CHECKLIST - Providing you step-by-step instructions on the application process.

Points to keep in mind:

  • Nondegree students are not eligible for financial aid
  • International students may not be eligible for nondegree status

If you change your mind later and would like to pursue the full Master's in Sociology, only four courses (12 credit hours) of your "nondegree" coursework can be transferred into the program later. Be sure to apply for the Master's in Sociology before you complete your fourth course (12th credit hour) as a "nondegree" student.

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Check out our current 2017-2018 tuition and fees.

If you are a Texas resident, be sure to look at the base tuition column for Texas residents.

The chart estimates cost based on credit hour enrollment per semester and should only be regarded as an estimate.

The average graduate student pursues 6sch (approximately two courses) each semester. Students can pursue one course or even three courses in some semesters, but students interested in more than three courses a semester should consult with their academic advisor beforehand.

This chart does not include some fees, such as the Distance Learning Fee for online courses. The Distance Learning Fee is a $50 per credit hour fee applied to each online course. If that course is 3sch, as most are, it would be a $150 Distance Education Fee on top of the base rate. Learn more about these fees HERE.

  • [in]Tuition - Our plan to lock in your tuition and mandatory fees from registration to graduation.
  • Financial aid is available. At the graduate level, this primarily means student loans. Government grants (e.g. pell grants) are likely only available to undergraduate students.
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    • Submit the FAFSA to our University using code 003565
  • Payment/Installment Plans are available in the fall and spring terms. Your balance will be split into four equal payments each term.
  • Students paying their balance with an international bank account can make payments through Flywire
  • Veterans and Military Services benefits
  • Tuition and Leo Personal Loans - If the semester is approaching and you are still awaiting your financial aid, a tuition loan can help cover your balance while you wait for your financial aid to be disburse.
  • Graduate Assistantships may be available for those that can work/teach face-to-face in Commerce, TX.
  • Be proactive on scholarship opportunities. In general, the scholarship portal is open six months prior to the fall terms. Between January and April (the spring term), scholarships are open for the next upcoming academic year with varying deadlines within that time frame. To be eligible to apply for scholarships, please work to be admitted to your desired graduate program before the scholarship cycle opens in the spring.



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