B+M FAQ's

Sociology Bachelor’s +Master’s Degree Program
Portland State University
Frequently Asked Questions


  1. Am I eligible to complete the initial application? You are eligible to complete the initial application if you:
    • Are a declared PSU Sociology major
    • Have Junior or senior standing
    • Have Completed (or are enrolled in) SOC 200, SOC 396, SOC 397, and SOC 398
    • Have a 3.5 GPA for PSU Sociology courses and a 3.3 PSU GPA
    • Have attended an info session (or watched recording of one)
    • Have completed an advising appointment with Kris Adams or Ben Alberts and they have confirmed you meet the criteria to apply
       
  2. Do I need to take the GREs? You do not need to take the GREs in order to be accepted into the B+M program at PSU.
     
  3. When will I take graduate-level courses? You would begin enrolling in graduate level courses during your 4th year of undergraduate study (or earlier if you complete all required undergraduate coursework early). You are allowed to count 20 graduate-level credits towards your Bachelor’s degree.
    • Years 1-3: 156 credits (average of 4 courses per term for 9 terms) including FRINQ, SINQ, Junior Cluster, Foreign Language, Science/Math, Electives, and all sociology major requirements. Students may need to take summer courses.
    • Year 4: 24 credits (4 undergraduate, 20 graduate) bringing the total to the 180 needed for a Bachelor’s degree. The 20 graduate credits earned will also count toward the Master’s degree.
    • Year 5: 25 graduate credits, bringing the total to 45 graduate credits for the Master’s degree. 

      *Note: For students starting in Winter or Spring term of Year 4, the timeline will be slightly adjusted.
       
  4. When can I apply? Applications are accepted with 3 annual deadlines: November 15, February 15, May 15. We recommend completing the initial application one term prior to when you hope to start taking graduate-level courses.
     
  5. Can I ask faculty other than the sociology faculty to support my application? We strongly prefer that your faculty support comes from faculty teaching sociology courses at PSU.
     
  6. What are the costs? For the year of study in which you are still an undergraduate, you will pay undergraduate rates for any graduate-level courses you take. After you complete your bachelor’s degree, you will pay graduate rates. Full details on graduate rates and fees can be found here: https://www.pdx.edu/student-finance/tuition/graduate
     
  7. Can I use financial aid for graduate studies? You can apply for financial aid for graduate studies in the same way that you would for undergraduate studies. The PSU Department of Sociology is currently unable to offer financial support for B+M students.
     
  8. What are the Requirements once I’m in the B+M? Once in the program, students must remain in accordance with the following: All courses numbered 500 must receive a grade of B or better; All undergraduate classes must receive a grade of C or better; Maintain a 3.3 or higher PSU institutional GPA; Achieve a 3.0 or higher GPA each academic term after admission to the B+M; Resolve any incomplete courses within 1 term.
     
  9. What if I decide the B+M isn’t for me after I have enrolled? Your earned graduate-level credits will still count toward your bachelor’s degree, though you will need to meet with an advisor to determine how best to use any completed 500-level courses towards your degree requirements.
     
  10. Can I take graduate-level courses before I am officially accepted into the B+M program? Students with junior or senior standing and at least a 3.5 GPA in sociology courses who have not yet completed Soc 396, 397, 398 may take graduate level electives (not methods or theory courses) that will count towards the B+M if their application is approved. These requests to enroll in graduate electives should be sent to course instructors. Approval of these requests is at the discretion of course instructors.
     
  11. What are the differences in graduate degrees in sociology? PSU offers both Master’s (MA/MS) and PhD degrees (students interested in a PhD should not apply for the B+M) In the Master’s program, you will complete coursework in theory, research methods, and your areas of interest. The Master’s typically takes two years beyond your Bachelor’s (as little as one year with B+M). With a Master’s degree, you can apply for research positions that require advanced skills and experience; you can also teach undergraduate courses at a college or university as an adjunct instructor. In the PhD program, you complete advance coursework, cultivate advanced skills in qualitative and/or quantitative methods, develop expertise in your areas of interest, publish articles in peer-reviewed journals, and complete an additional original research project for your PhD dissertation. The PhD typically takes three to five years after completing a Master’s degree. With an PhD, you can apply to be a faculty member at a college or university or work as a researcher in the public or private sector.
     
  12. This looks great, if I have a Bachelor’s degree from another university can I apply to the B+M? Only currently enrolled PSU sociology majors are eligible for this program since it uses graduate-level credits in place of upper-division undergraduate courses. If you are interested in our terminal Master’s degree, please see our main graduate studies page.
     
  13. What if I already have my Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Portland State? Only currently enrolled PSU sociology majors are eligible for this program since it uses graduate-level credits in place of upper-division undergraduate courses. Even if you earned your degree at PSU, you cannot retroactively complete your undergraduate degree in a shorter timeframe. If you are interested in our terminal Master’s degree, please see our main graduate studies page.
     
  14. Can I see an example coursework plans?  See below!

Fall start

Years 1-3

156 credits (Apply for B+M  in Spring of Year 3)

Year 4

Fall: Senior Capstone, SOC 590

Winter: SOC 592, SOC 5XX

Spring: SOC 5XX, SOC 5XX, Graduate with BA/BS

Year 5

Fall: SOC 591, SOC 537,  SOC 507 (1 CR)

Winter: SOC 593, SOC 5XX

Spring: SOC 695, SOC 5XX, Graduate with MA


Winter start

Years 1-3

140 credits

Year 4

Fall: 4 UG courses, Apply for B+M

Winter: Senior Capstone, SOC 5XX,

Spring: SOC 5XX, SOC 5XX

Year 5

Fall: SOC 590, SOC 591 Graduate with BA/BS

Winter: SOC 592, SOC 593, SOC 507 (1 CR)

Spring: SOC 695, SOC 5XX

Year 6

Fall: SOC 537, SOC 5XX Graduate with MA


Spring start

Years 1-3

128 credits

Year 4

Fall: 4 UG courses

Winter: Senior Capstone, 3 UG courses, Apply for B+M

Spring: SOC 5XX, SOC 5XX

Summer: SOC 5XX

Year 5

Fall: SOC 590, SOC 591 Graduate with BA/BS

Winter: SOC 592, SOC 593

Spring: SOC 695, SOC 5XX, SOC 507 (1 CR),

Year 6

Fall: SOC 537, SOC 5XX, Graduate with MA