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Degree Programs

Admission Requirements

Offered by the Department of Sociology at IUPUI and granted by the Indiana University Graduate School, the Master of Arts degree is designed to prepare students for conducting applied, policy-oriented, and basic research; to provide thorough training in the discipline’s basics for those who wish to pursue a doctoral degree elsewhere; and to equip those already in the workforce with the critical skills necessary for assessing and applying sociological knowledge in their everyday responsibilities.

Currently, the program features a general sociology degree with the option to focus one’s studies in one of three formal areas of concentration—Family/Gender Studies, Medical Sociology, and Work/Organizations. For those interested in Family/Gender Studies, there are links to the IUPUI Women's Studies program, the School of Social Work, and many public and private social service agencies. For Medical Sociology, the local resources include the Indiana University Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health, the Medical Humanities & Health Studies program, several hospitals, and many public health clinics and agencies. Those in the Work/Organizations track have opportunities on campus with the Schools of Business and of Public & Environmental Affairs, while the metropolis has many corporate headquarters and factories, labor union offices and government agencies.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS Students complete 36 credit hours of coursework. Core courses include Theory, Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods and Sociological Statistics. The program of study culminates in either an internship or thesis experience.

Transfer Credits

The Graduate School limits transfers from other institutions to 8 credits with a grade of B or higher. Graduate work with a grade of B or higher obtained from other IU locations may be applied toward an M.A. in sociology. Requests for transfer credit from other graduate institutions will be evaluated for acceptance by the graduate committee after a student has been admitted into and completed 6 credits in the IUPUI sociology M.A. program. The department requires the last 18 credits be completed in its program.

Time Limit

Students must complete all requirements for the M.A. degree within five years.
Financial Aid

A small number of renewable teaching and research assistantships as well as first-year fellowships are available to graduate students on a competitive basis. Some include stipends or hourly pay plus tuition remission. Information is available from the department and the IUPUI Graduate Office. Students may also apply for loans or work study through the Office of Financial Aid.