Our Master of Arts in Sociology program is designed to prepare you for professional employment in which you can use your analytical and research skills or for further education in PhD programs in sociology. After applying to the Graduate School for admission to Ball State University, you must apply directly to the Department of Sociology. Forms can be filled out online (click how to apply) and may be obtained by calling the department office at 765-285-5977 or by e-mailing the graduate program director.
We emphasize research methods, research experience, and analytical skills--skills that enable our MA graduates to find employment in government, nonprofit, and corporate organizations.
In addition, the strong training you will receive in theory, research methods, and statistics provides you with excellent preparation should you choose to pursue a doctoral degree in sociology.
The Master of Arts in Sociology requires a total of 33 credit hours. Most students complete the degree in two years. The average course load is nine credit hours per semester. Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School and present evidence of preparation to do work in sociology.
We encourage our graduate students to write a master's thesis, which will require you to work closely with a faculty member on a project of original research. You may earn up to six credit hours for thesis work. Most students write a thesis during the second year of graduate work. In place of writing a thesis, you have the option of completing an Institutional Research Certificate, Teaching Certificate, or taking additional course work in methods and statistics.
For more information, contact:
Dr. Jun Xu
North Quad 214
Phone: (765) 285-4488
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