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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.

If you're entering with a BA, or BS you have the option of applying for the MA, MS, or Ph.D. programs. If you opt for the Ph.D. program, you will still need to complete a Master's degree.

Our Master’s program is designed to take two years to complete.  Please see below for the recommended two-year track (you may scroll down to the bottom of the page for the full program view):

YEAR 1

Term

Course

Credit Hours

FALL

SOC 590 Social Research Strategies

4

SOC 591 Theoretical Perspectives in Sociology

4

507 Professionalization Seminar

1

WINTER

SOC 592 Qualitative Methods

4

SOC 593 Quantitative Methods

4

507 Professionalization Seminar

1

SPRING

500/600 Level Elective

4

500/600 Level Elective

4

507 Professionalization Seminar

1

TOTAL FOR YEAR 1

27

YEAR 2

Term

Course

Credits

Fall

507 Professionalization Seminar

1

500/600 Level Elective

4

500/600 Level Elective

4

Winter

507 Professionalization Seminar

1

500/600 Level Elective

4

500/600 Level Elective

4

Spring

SOC 503 Thesis Credit (with thesis advisor)

8

 

SOC 507 Professionalization Seminar

1

TOTAL FOR YEAR 2

27

The application deadline is in mid-January of every year

January 15, 2016 for Fall 2016 admission

We have moved away from a paper application and are now accepting applications online.  The university has moved toward the one-application system which will be available for most disciplines and programs in September.

Please visit 

For the link to the University and Department Application.


Masters Requirements in Full:

 Sociology M.A./M.S.

The candidate must complete a minimum of 54 graduate credits, including 22 credits in core sociology courses, 24 credits of electives (12 of which may be in departments other than sociology), and 8 credits of thesis. Elective courses outside sociology must be approved by the student’s adviser. The student must pass an oral defense of the thesis.

 Requirements

 Students working for the Master of Arts degree must satisfy the language requirement.

Core

 

Soc 590 Social Research Strategies

4

Soc 591 Theoretical Perspectives in Sociology

4

Soc 592 Qualitative Methods

4

Soc 593 Quantitative Methods

4

Soc 507/607 Proseminar

1

 

Soc 507: (Course must be taken six times)

 

Thesis

Soc 503 Thesis

8

Soc 503: (completed over three terms)

Electives

Soc Three graduate-level sociology courses

12

  Sociology or other department

12

Elective courses outside sociology must be approved by the student’s adviser