University General Course Catalog 2021-2022 
    Jun 07, 2023  

Sociology, M.A.

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The Sociology Department offers courses leading to the Master of Arts degree in Sociology. As part of the School of Social Research and Justice Studies, the department offers a Certificate in Justice Studies at the graduate level. Additionally, the department also participates in the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Social Psychology.

Contact Information

Mariah Evans, Ph.D., Graduate Program Director 
(775) 784-1855

Department of Sociology
1664 N. Virginia Street, Mail Stop 300
Reno, NV 89557

Department Website:

Program Objectives/Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students should be able to discuss the concepts and theories that allow the integration of knowledge attained in various subfields of sociology.
  2. Students should be able to apply successfully to doctoral programs in sociology in any university in the United States or elsewhere.
  3. Students should be able to find employment in their area of specialization in public or private settings (such as in government, a research institute, or a non-profit organization).
  4. Students who graduate with an M.A. degree in Sociology will have skills and experience in conducting original research.

Admissions Requirement

Students wishing to apply to the Master of Arts degree program in Sociology must satisfy all Graduate School requirements and specific departmental requirements as specified on the sociology department web site. Students are admitted to the program in both Fall and Spring semesters. The department deadline for application to the graduate program in Sociology is April 1 for Fall and November 1 for Spring semesters.

I. Program Requirements

Students pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Sociology may opt for Plan A (thesis plan) or Plan B (non-thesis plan).

A. Core Courses (12 units)

Students in both plans must take the following core graduate courses in theory, research methods and statistics.

B. Plan A - Thesis (18 units)

Plan A (thesis) students must also take four additional 3 unit courses plus 6 units of thesis.

C. Plan B - Non-Thesis (19 units)

Plan B (non-thesis) students must take 6 additional 3 unit courses plus take three comprehensive examinations (theory, substantive area, and research/statistics) and sign up for 1 unit of SOC 795.

D. Additional Sociology Courses

12 units are required for Plan A, and 18 units are required for Plan B.

Frequently taught acceptable courses include:

II. Program Total Hours

Plan A: 30 Units

Plan B: 31 Units


  1. A minimum of 18 of the 30 or 31 units required under Plans A or B respectively must be at the 700 level.
  2. With advisor approval, as many as 12 graduate units taken at the University in graduate special status or transferred from another institution may be used in a student’s program of study.
  3. On a competitive basis, a limited number of teaching and research assistantships are offered to selected students for a period of two years.

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