Sociology and Criminology MA Program

Bear Hall

"The courses provided offer a variety of subjects to prove both intriguing and valuable, while the opportunity to engage in a teaching and/or research assistantship provides the opportunity to explore the world of academia as a career."
-Kristin Godwin MA in Sociology, 2015

Admission Requirements

Application Deadlines

  • The final application deadline for admission in the fall semester is May 15th.
  • In order to receive full consideration for any of our departmental funding sources, a completed application (including transcripts, recommendation letters and test scores) must be received by the Graduate School by February 15th.
  • Students are not admitted to the program in the spring semester.

Application Submissions

Applicants are required to submit the following to the Graduate School:

  • An application for graduate admission.
  • Official transcripts of all college work (undergraduate and graduate).
  • Official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Scores more than five years old will not be accepted.
  • Three recommendations by individuals in professionally relevant fields; at least two must be from academics.
  • A writing sample in the form of a cover letter or statement of interest explaining how the MA in Sociology and Criminology may assist the candidate in meeting her or his personal goals.
  • Students must have a 3.0 overall undergraduate GPA
    • Students with a GPA below 3.0 but who have counterbalancing evidence to suggest potential for success may be admitted on a provisional basis, but are not eligible for funding from the department

Students may also take Master’s level classes in our program as non-degree students (special graduate status), which has its own application deadlines and requirements.