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(Please note that when conferring University Graduate School degrees, minors, certificates, and sub-plans, The University Graduate School’s staff use those requirements contained only in The University Graduate School Bulletin.)



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 500-750-word statement of purpose and a sole-authored report or term paper); official transcripts; and three letters of reference. International applicants are required to take the TOEFL. The GRE general test is not required.

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] or approved equivalent, qualitative methods [S659 or approved equivalent], and sociological statistics [R559) or approved equivalent; 12 sociology credits with the option to focus these in medical sociology); 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.) Students also may pursue a course only option, instead of 3-6 credits of thesis or internship, they can take additional sociology graduate course work.

Thesis or Internship

A thesis or internship is optional.


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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