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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.


The Application Process: 

The application deadline is January 15, 2018 for Fall 2018 admission.  

We have moved away from a paper applications and are now accepting applications online, only.  The university has moved toward the one-application system which is now available for most disciplines and programs in September.  Please note that this applies to the application, only.  Our program is not on-line.

 

What you need to apply:

  • Please visit the application site as indicated.

  • Transcripts.  You must upload transcripts to the application site.  These transcripts can be unofficial until the review process is completed.  The university will need official transcript at a later date when the admission process is completed and you pass the first phase of review and the department gives you their recommendation for admission.

  • Three letters of recommendation.  We require three letters of recommendation from three individuals who are familiar with your scholarly work.  These individuals are usually professors from a class you have previously taken.  The application site manages these recommendations and your recommenders submit their reviews online by uploading their letters, directly.

  • Statement of Purpose.  You will be asked to upload a statement of purpose which will contain your scholarly agenda, your plans for the degree you are seeking, and names of faculty in the Sociology Department you plan on working with, once you're admitted.  The statement of purpose is usually no more than two pages long.

  • GRE scores.  The department can download your official GRE scores from ETS, but for the purpose of the application, we would like to see the unofficial scores uploaded.  The department will make a notation that your scores are accepted and that will complete a portion of your application.  GRE scores must be submitted before the January 15 deadline, so plan ahead.

  • Sample of Scholarly Writing.  We ask you to upload a sample of your scholarly writing.  This should not be more than 50 pages, but can be the length of a research paper, usually 10-30 pages.  An example is usually a paper written for a course for which you have received a high mark/score/grade. 

  • CV/Resume. The department requires you to upload a resume, or curriculum vitae.  This is especially useful if you are requesting funding/assistantship.

Master's Coursework:

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

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