Sociology - Graduate Programs

Objectives: M.A. in Sociology

The Master of Arts program in sociology is designed to provide students with a firm substantive background in sociological theory and in the techniques of contemporary research methodology and statistical analyses. In addition to these core concerns, the program offers a variety of seminars, as well as practicum opportunities, to help prepare students for a wide range of professional careers in both the private and public sectors or continued graduate education at the Ph.D. level.

Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships in Sociology

Graduate teaching and research assistantships and other forms of financial support will be awarded on a competitive basis. In addition to performance in any graduate courses the student may have taken, the same criteria used to determine admission status will be used in evaluating applications for such awards. No single factor, including standardized test scores, will be used to end consideration of any graduate assistantships.

Admissions Requirements: Sociology

Applicants must apply for admission through, and supply all information required by  Graduate Admissions. The Sociology Graduate Advisor, in consultation with other members of the faculty, decides on each applicant.

All of the following criteria will be considered in determining program admission status:

  1. Undergraduate grade point average
  2. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores
  3. Letters of recommendation from faculty
  4. Preparation in sociology and satisfactory performance in sociology courses and/or courses in related disciplines
  5. A statement (2-3 pages) describing the applicant’s academic background, research/study interests, and professional goals

Criteria for Unconditional Admission

For unconditional admission, the student must satisfy each of the following criteria.

  1. Minimum GPA of 3.0, as calculated by Graduate Studies.
  2. Preferred GRE score of at least 150 on the verbal subtest (500 on the prior scale) and 144 on the quantitative subtest (500 on the prior scale).
  3. Satisfactory letters of recommendation.
  4. Adequate preparation in sociology and satisfactory performance in sociology courses and/or those in related disciplines.
  5. Satisfactory statement (2-3 pages) describing the applicant’s academic background, research/study interests, and professional goals


Sociology students who completed their undergraduate degree in Sociology at UT Arlington with a 3.0 overall GPA, a 3.0 GPA in advanced hours, a B or better in SOCI 3372 SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY, SOCI 3352 SOCIAL STATISTICS and SOCI 3462 SOCIAL RESEARCH and satisfactory letters of recommendation from UT Arlington faculty qualify for automatic unconditional admission, pending submission of all required materials.

Criteria for Probationary Admission

Students who do not qualify for unconditional admission may be admitted on probation if they satisfy any 4 of the 5 criteria for unconditional admission.

Those entering the program under probationary status will be granted unconditional admission only after completing 12 hours of graduate sociology courses, approved by the Graduate Advisor, earning no grade below a B.

Provisional Admission

An applicant unable to supply all required information prior to the admission deadline but who otherwise appears to meet admission requirements may be granted provisional admission.

Deferred Admission

A deferred decision may be granted when a file is incomplete or when a denied decision is not appropriate.

Denied Admission

Applicants who do not satisfy the requirements for any of the aforementioned forms of admission will not be admitted.

International Students

To qualify for admission, international students must score 550 or above on the TOEFL.

Degree Requirements: Sociology

Students may select from three options: the thesis, thesis substitute, or non-thesis degree plan.

Thesis Option: Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 30 hours of coursework, including core courses in theory, methods, and statistics, and the six hour thesis course SOCI 5698 THESIS.

Thesis Substitute Option: Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 33 hours of coursework, including core courses in theory, methods, and statistics, and the three hour thesis substitute course SOCI 5393 THESIS SUBSTITUTE.

Non-Thesis Option: Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 36 hours of coursework, including core courses in theory, methods, and statistics, and the three hour non-thesis course SOCI 5385 NON-THESIS PROJECT.

All candidates for the degree Master of Arts with a major in sociology must pass a final examination. For thesis candidates, it is the oral defense of the completed thesis. For thesis substitute candidates, it is an oral examination on a project, the scope, content, and form of which shall be determined by the student’s supervising committee. A thesis substitute project might be, for example, a review of professional literature on a selected topic, a thematic paper integrating the course of study completed, or an internship report applying sociological concepts. For non-thesis candidates, it is an oral examination, the scope, content, and form of which shall be determined by the student’s supervising committee.

Dual Degree Program

Students in sociology may participate in a dual degree program where by they can earn a Master of Arts in Sociology and another field, such as Master of Public Administration or Master of Science in Social Work. By participating in a dual degree program, students can apply a number of semester hours jointly to meet the requirements of both degrees, thus reducing the total number of hours which would be required to earn both degrees separately. Six or more hours may be jointly applied depending on the total number of hours required for both degrees, and subject to the approval of graduate advisors from both programs.

To participate in the dual degree option, students must make separate application to each program and must submit a separate Program of Work for each program. Admission to and enrollment in the two programs must be concurrent (admitted to the second program before completing more than 24 hours in the first). Those interested should consult each of the appropriate graduate advisors for coursework requirements and refer to Graduate Studies catalog entry on Dual Degree Program in the Advanced Degrees and Requirements section for further details.

Fast Track Program in Sociology

The Fast Track Program allows outstanding undergraduate students in sociology at UT Arlington to take up to three graduate seminars in sociology that will earn credit toward both the Bachelor’s degree and the Master’s degree in Sociology. It is designed to encourage high standards of performance, to facilitate the transition from undergraduate to graduate study, and to reduce time needed to complete the MA . Interested undergraduate students should apply for the Fast Track Program when they are within 30 hours of completing the Bachelor’s degree. To qualify, students must have completed at least 30 hours at UTA with a GPA of 3.0 in all courses and 3.25 in the last 30 hours. Before entering the Fast Track, students must also have completed the four required core courses in the Sociology major with a GPA of at least 3.5, or three of the four with a GPA of 3.66 or more. Additionally, they must have already taken at least two non-core sociology courses with a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Students who successfully complete the Fast Track Program will be admitted automatically to Graduate Studies to continue their graduate work in the Sociology MA Program once the Bachelor’s degree is awarded. They will not be required to take the GRE, complete an additional application for admission to Graduate Studies, supply letters of recommendation, or pay an application fee. An undergraduate student completing the maximum of nine graduate hours would be admitted to the Sociology MA Program with only five additional courses and a thesis remaining to complete the requirements for the thesis option.

To remain in the Fast Track Program, students must receive no grade lower than a B in any graduate seminars taken as an undergraduate, selected with the advice and approval of the Sociology Graduate Advisor. Undergraduate students who do not maintain grades of B or A in the graduate courses taken will be unable to continue in the Fast Track Program but, if the courses are completed passing, will still receive credit toward their undergraduate degree requirements. Students originally denied entry into the Fast Track Program, discontinued after provisional admission, subsequently dropped or opting out are still welcome to apply to the Sociology MA Program in the usual way and will be considered without prejudice.

For an application form or to obtain more details about this program, contact the Sociology Undergraduate Advisor.