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Master of Arts Program Requirements

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 9 credit hours per semester. The following 18-hours of core courses are required:







 Sociological Inquiry




 Readings in Sociological Theory




 Survey Research Methods




 Social Statistics




 Advanced Sociological Data Analysis


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To complete the remaining 18 hours, students choose from the following options: Thesis, Institutional Research Certificate, Teaching Certificate, or additional course work in methods and statistics. The department encourages students to write a master's thesis. Writing the thesis requires 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.

For detailed information on degree requirements, see the Graduate Catalog.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Jun Xu
Graduate Director
North Quad 214
Phone: 765-285-4488

Department of Sociology
North Quad Room 222
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Phone: 765-285-5977