Master's Degree

Sociology (M.S.)

Basic Degree Information/Description

The Master of Science degree in Sociology is designed to prepare graduates with the skills necessary to enter the professional workforce as sociologists or to pursue further study at the doctoral level. Students have the opportunity to acquire a knowledge base in sociological methods, theory and in areas of growing community concern. These areas include health, aging, civil-military relations, socioeconomic development, gender issues, and race and ethnic relations. Students will have the necessary research skills to define social issues and problems, select data collection techniques, establish appropriate analysis methods, develop statistical reports, and undertake policy analyses for businesses, governmental agencies, and nonprofit organizations.

Why Pursue a Master of Science Degree in Sociology at UTSA?

  • Flexibility in the times that courses are offered.
  • Internship option offered for professional adults in place of the M.A. thesis.

Requirements and Specific Deadlines

A bachelor's degree with 18 credit hours in field of study or in another appropriate field of study is required for admittance.  Twelve of these courses must be at the upper-division level in sociology or related areas, including a course in research methods or statistics.  Applicants who do not meet these requirements will be considered for conditional admission. 

 Conditional applicants must submit indicators of preparation for graduate study, such as completion of additional undergraduate coursework to remove deficiencies, completion of 9 or more semester credit hours of graduate courses, and the achievement of a 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale).  An application not eligible for either unconditional or conditional admission may be recommended for admission as a special graduate student.  This does not guarantee subsequent admission as a degree-seeking graduate student; such students must reapply for degree-seeking status.

Graduate Studies Application:  Yes

Department Application:  N/A

Transcripts: Official transcripts from all institutions attended.  All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.

Test Scores: General GRE Required

Resume or CV:  No

Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of recommendation from references who can speak to your qualifications for the graduate program (at least one of these must be from someone who can speak to your academic qualifications) are required.

Statement of Purpose:  A personal statement (approximately 500 words, or two typed pages) indicating your interest and goals in studying sociology is required.

Other Degree Requirements: An academic writing sample (such as a paper written for a class, preferably a sociology class) is required.

Minimum TOEFL Score (for International Applicants):  550 paper/79 internet

Minimum IELTS Score (for International Applicants):  6.5

Additional Requirements:  International students and those with international degrees may be required to submit additional documents per our admissions policies and procedures. The Graduate School reserves the right to request any additional documents needed to fairly and consistently evaluate applicant credentials.

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Application Deadline Dates

Domestic Applicants (Citizens and Permanent Residents):
Spring- November 1
Summer- April 1
Fall- July 1

International Applicants:
Spring- September 1
Summer- March 1
Fall- April 1

Contact Information

Graduate Advisor of Record: Terri Earnest, Ph.D.
Email:  Terri.Earnest@utsa.edu
Advisor Telephone: (210) 458-6239

Graduate Catalog Link: http://www.utsa.edu/gcat/chapter6/COLFA/socdept.html#mssoc

Career Options:

  • Careers in the non-profit sector, in state agencies, and health related research. We have several graduates at the UT Health Science Center.

Funding Opportunities:

Course Scheduling and Offerings:

  • Courses are offered as early as 2:00 pm and as late as 5:30. Grad courses meet once a week.

Research Opportunities:

  • Extensive work in religion, religion and health, Border issues, medical sociology, health disparities, Latino/a issues.

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