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M.A. in Sociology - Applied Research Specialty

Statement of Department Specific Aims of the Sociology—Applied Research Specialty M.A. Program

Sociology addresses all aspects of our social world, including the most challenging issues of our time.  Our faculty conduct research in a variety of areas: social inequalities, including race, ethnicity, class, gender and sexual orientation; organizational systems, structures and cultures; demographic change, family, aging, health, and identity.  

The aim of the M.A. in Sociology-- Applied Research Specialty program is to provide advanced sociological training, with specific emphasis on methodology.  To prepare students for responsible positions in applied areas of Sociology, this program maintains three goals: (1) To provide knowledge and skills needed for careers in applied research, (2) Increase knowledge and skills for students already employed in fields of sociology, in the private and public sectors, and (3) Prepare students to pursue a Ph.D. in Sociology, or teach in post-secondary education. 

Successful completion of the Sociology—Applied Research Specialty M.A. graduate program requires students to complete 31 hours of course work across required courses, program area courses, and elective or cognate courses.  Coursework is taught by faculty in the Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology department, who are also leaders in their field, committed educators and dedicated scholars.  Students have the option of either writing a M.A. thesis, or writing two essays dealing with methodological, substantive, or theoretical issues in sociology.

We are proud of our graduates, who carry on the tradition of leadership in their disciplines.


Students are invited to make an appointment with the Sociology Graduate Coordinator for advising.  To arrange an appointment, contact Dr. Solange Simoes: ssimoes@emich.edu.

Course Catalog

Students can view the required coursework for the M.A. in Sociology degree by viewing the course catalog.