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Master's Program

Portland State’s Department of Sociology currently offers a M.A. and M.S. in Sociology. We also offer a Doctoral program in Sociology as of Fall 2008.

Our Master’s program is designed to take two years to complete:In Year I, which starts in the fall, graduate students take courses in sociological theory, quantitative and qualitative methods, and the design and execution of sociological research. They also take three elective courses related to their research interests. In Year II, students work with faculty and attend a writer's seminar to complete their thesis. Students write their thesis on a range of topics – such as criminology, stratification, globalization, medical sociology, neighborhoods (including gentrification), education, religion, and gender and race relations – oftentimes coinciding with our faculty’s research interests and projects.

Recent graduates have used their Master’s degrees from our department to teach at community colleges, enroll in Ph.D. programs in sociology and related fields, or work as researchers in the private and public sector.

The PSU Sociology department admits approximately 15 Master’s students each fall. We do accept students who do not have a B.A. or B.S. in sociology, but they are required to take sociological theory (SOC 301, formerly 470 at PSU) and sociological methods (SOC 397) before starting our Master’s program; STAT 243 is a prerequisite for SOC 397.

Some of these 15 students receive departmental funding in exchange for working as a teaching assistant or research assistant. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide departmental funding to all students. Click here for some examples of other funding sources at Portland State.

  

The application deadline is in mid-January of every year

January 16, 2015 for Fall 2015 admission

 


We have moved away from a paper application and are now accepting applications online.   Click here for the Online MA/MS Application Information and application.

  

Remember that you will still need to request a paper copy of the University application from the Admission's Office at Portland State University, or fill out the online  Admissions Application which is different than the department application.

Masters Requirements

  • Minimum of 55 graduate credit hours, including 26 credits in core sociology courses, 20 elective credits (8 may be in other departments) and 9 thesis credits.

  • Master's of Arts must satisfy the language requirement. Candidates for a MA degree must satisfy a demonstrated proficiency in a foreign language before degree completion. Foreign language proficiency is not required for MS degree.

  • Elective courses taken outside of sociology must be approved by student's advisor.

  • Students must be registered for at least 1 credit hour during the term in which the thesis is defended.

Required Courses Credit Hours
Soc 590 Social Research Strategies
4
SOC 591 Theoretical Perspectives in Sociology
4
SOC 592 Qualitative Methods
4
SOC 593 Quantitative Methods
4
SOC 594 Theory Construction and Research
4
SOC 595 Research Practicum
4
SOC 503 Thesis
9
SOC 513 Thesis Workshop
2
  5 electives (at least 3 in Sociology)
20
Total MA/MS Hours
55

 Typical Two Year Program:  

YEAR I

Term

Course

Credit Hours

FALL

SOC 590 Social Research Strategies

4

SOC 591 Theoretical Perspectives in Soc

4

500 Level Elective

4

WINTER

SOC 592 Qualitative Methods

4

SOC 593 Quantitative Methods

4

500 Level Elective

4

SPRING

SOC 594 Theory Construction and Research

4

SOC 595 Research Practicum

4

500 Level Elective

4

TOTAL FOR YEAR I

36

YEAR II

Term

Course

Credits

Fall

SOC 503 Thesis Credit (by arrangement)

4

SOC 513 Thesis Workshop

1

500 Level Elective

4

Winter

SOC 503 Thesis Credit (by arrangement)

4

SOC 513 Thesis Workshop

1

500 Level Elective

4

Spring

SOC 503 Thesis Credit (by arrangement)

1

TOTAL FOR YEAR II

19