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Master of Arts in Sociology for Current Stanford Graduate Students

The M.A. degree in Sociology is available to current Ph.D. candidates in Sociology and to students in advanced degree programs (Ph.D., J.D., M.D.) from other Stanford departments and schools.  For the M.A. degree, students must complete a minimum of 45 units of Sociology course work with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B) or better. All 45 units must be taken in courses taught by Sociology faculty. Students must enroll in SOC course offerings; crosslisted offerings are not accepted. All courses must be taken for a letter grade if possible. Workshop, Colloquium, research, directed reading, and independent study units do not count towards the M.A.

Core Requirements

All 45 units taken towards the MA in Sociology must be Sociology coursework.  Students must have enrolled in the SOC course offerings (not cross-listed sections) and taken the course for a letter grade.  Workshops, colloquium, independent study, directed reading or research units cannot be used to complete the Sociology MA degree requirements. 

thesis is not required, but many students work closely with a Sociology faculty advisor to develop a publishable paper

Teaching Requirements

There is no teaching requirement for the MA in Sociology.

Application Requirements

A  formal application to the M.A. program is not required, current Stanford students must submit the following:

  1. Graduate Authorization Petition form, available electronically through Axess;
  2. Program Proposal for an M.A. form available for download from the registrar's office website, submitted to Sociology graduate student services officer;
  3. Applicants from outside of the Sociology department must submit a short statement of purpose; 1 page double-spaced, submitted to Sociology graduate student services officer.

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