Master of Arts in Sociology: Applied Methodology Research

The sociology research methodology program provides training for students to enter careers as research analysts.

Students will receive instruction in advanced quantitative and qualitative methodology and gain first-hand experience in applied research and policy related-internships. Following their internship, students write an M.A. essay supervised by their faculty advisor that applies methodological and or statistical expertise to a problem identified by their internship supervisor.

Learning outcomes

  1. Understand qualitative and quantitative sociological research methods and apply them to research design.
  2. Master qualitative and quantitative analytical techniques and relevant software programs.
  3. Write research proposals and analytical reports for submission to funding agencies and internship sites.


Two-year plan

Students would take eight credits each semester. 

  • Term 1: SOC 7200 and SOC 6280 
  • Term 2: SOC 6290 and SOC 7260 
  • Term 3: SOC 7270 and SOC 7500 
  • Term 4: SOC 7280, SOC 7000 (internship) 
  • Term 5: SOC 7999 (essay) (summer term)