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Departmental E-mail: sociolog [at] iupui [dot] edu

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Master of Arts Degree

Admission Requirements

Five undergraduate sociology courses (or approved equiva­lents, with no more than two of the latter) with a total grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0); two samples of writing (a 750-word essay [required by the Indiana University Graduate School], and a sole-authored report or term paper [required by the sociology department]); official transcripts; and three letters of reference. Foreign applicants are required to take the TOEFL. The GRE general test is not required, but is recommended for admission.

Students not meeting the above requirements may be admit­ted on probation, or they may be required to enroll in courses as a graduate non-degree student to complete the prerequi­sites.

Course Requirements

A total of 36 credit hours, distributed as follows: 12 credits of basic sociology courses (sociological theory [R556 or R557], quantitative methods [R551], qualitative methods [S659], and sociological statistics [R559]); 12 sociology credits in one area of concentration (medical sociology; family and gender studies; work and organizations); 6-9 credits of electives (any graduate courses approved by the University Graduate School); 3-6 in thesis or internship credits. (An undergraduate statistics course [R359 or the equivalent] is a prerequisite for R559.)

Thesis or Internship

A thesis or internship is required.


Students must maintain a grade-point average of at least 3.0 (B) in all coursework.

Ph.D. Minor

Students who are candidates for the Ph.D. degree in other departments may obtain a minor in sociology at IUPUI. The intent of the minor is to develop multidisciplinary skills, expos­ing students to theories and methods outside their major department. The Ph.D. minor in sociology has an unstructured curriculum that can provide students with a foundation in basic areas in sociology and the opportunity to study advanced sociological theory, qualitative and quantitative research meth­ods, and statistics.

Course Requirements

  • Four sociology courses at the 500 level or above, totaling 12 credits.
  • An average grade of B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or above in these courses.
  • No more than one individual readings course.
  • At least half of these courses must be taken at the IUPUI campus.

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