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. 

The Master's in Sociology at A&M-Commerce provides quality learning experiences to equip students with problem-solving and critical thinking skills, as well as the social, intellectual, and leadership skills necessary to navigate a global and diverse society. 

Our program is designed to meet the needs of students pursuing public service careers, community college teaching opportunities, careers in research, administrative careers in both the public and private sectors, as well as preparing students for more advanced graduate work in sociology.

Alumni from our program work in a diverse range of fields, including the following:

  • Higher education
    • Administrative roles
    • Teaching roles (adjunct faculty and community college professors)
  • Department of Family Protective Services
    • Child Protective Services
    • Adult Protective Services
  • Probation/parole
  • Marketing
  • Management roles
  • Non-profit careers
  • Writing careers
  • Veterinarian medicine administration
  • Plus, more!

A Master's in Sociology will give you the opportunity to apply the skills acquired throughout your degree to any number of professional careers!  



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.


Fall and Spring - Our fall and spring semesters are 16 weeks long.

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



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

The estimate may not include some fees, such as a $10 one-time Facility Fee (a state tax) and the Distance Education Fee for online courses. The Distance Education Fee is a $50 per credit hour. If a course is 3 hours, as most are, this will add $150 to your cost per online class.

  • 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
  • Graduate Assistantships may be available for those that can work/teach/study face-to-face in Commerce, TX.
  • 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 disburse.

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Texas A&M University-Commerce was recently ranked as the 14th fastest growing university in the United States.

Our lovely campus is located in rural East Texas, only an hour away from the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex (the 4th largest urban conglomeration in the US).



Texas A&M University-Commerce is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), one of the six regional accreditation organizations recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation