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MS 4.01.76

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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.

Admission Prerequisites:

 Required Degree Bachelor's degree
 Other Degree Requirements Applicants must have completed 18 semester credit hours of undergraduate courses, 12 of which must be at the upper-division level in sociology or related areas, including a course in research methods or statistics. 
Application Requirements:
 General University Requirements Must meet university wide requirements.
 Application A completed a Graduate School application.
 Transcripts Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.
 Resume or Curriculum Vitae Not required.
 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).
 Statement of Purpose A personal statement (approximately 500 words, or two typed pages) indicating your interest and goals in studying sociology.
 Test Scores Not required.
 Evaluation of Foreign Credentials

All applicants including non-U.S. citizens (International), U.S. Citizens, and permanent residents who have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions are required to submit official transcripts along with an evaluation of the transcripts from Foreign Credentials Service of America

  • An approved evaluation requires a detailed course-by-course evaluation. Summaries will not be accepted.
  • Foreign credential evaluations must be received by the application deadline for your application to be processed.
  • Foreign Credentials Service of America in Austin, TX is the only accepted evaluation agency. They can be reached at (512) 459-8429,, or online at
  • If you need a request form, please visit the FCSA website to access the form here.
 International Applicants Must meet international graduate student admission requirements
  • IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5.
  • TOEFL: Minimum scores of 79 or 60 for Internet or paper versions, respectively.
 Other An academic writing sample (such as a paper written for a class, preferably a sociology class).

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.

Research Opportunities

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

Contact Information

Graduate Advisor of Record: Joanne Ford-Robertson
Advisor Telephone: (210) 458-7279

The College will reimburse the application fee for applicants that submit an application for either the Spring 2021, Summer 2021 or Fall 2021 terms if they are admitted and still enrolled at the census date.

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Click here for a comprehensive list of options for sociology students.

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.