Sociology – Master of Arts

The Master of Arts in Sociology allows concentrations in three areas: (1) chemical dependency certification, (2) criminology, and (3) general sociology. All concentrations require basic courses in theory and research methods.

In addition to these concentrations, the department participates in a cooperative Master of Social Work degree with the University of Kentucky. All of the program courses are offered on the Morehead State University campus and results in a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Kentucky.

Admission Requirements

  1. General admission to graduate study.
  2. Completion of 18 credit hours of undergraduate work in sociology or related field, including sociological theory, social science data analysis, and research methodology.
  3. A minimum GPA of 3.0 in all sociology courses.
  4. Undergraduate GPA of 2.75 required.
  5. A combined GRE score of 278 is desired on the verbal and quantitative sections; writing score of two or higher.
  6. Assessment of the student's potential for successful completion of the program will also be based on the following:
    1. Submission of a two-page typewritten statement of educational and career goals relative to the program.
    2. Submission of an undergraduate academic writing assignment.
    3. When an applicant's materials do not clearly suggest the potential for successful completion of the program, the department Graduate Admissions Committee may also require an interview of the applicant.

Requirements for the Degree

  1. Must be unconditionally admitted and satisfy general degree requirements.
  2. All students must successfully complete SOC 615 Sociological Research, and SOC 650 Sociological Thought and Theory.
  3. Completion of one of the three concentrations: chemical dependency certification, general sociology, or criminology.

Academic Standing

All students pursuing the M.A. in sociology must maintain a 3.0 GPA. Students falling below a 3.0 will be placed on a one-semester probation period. Students failing to achieve a 3.0 GPA after one semester's probation will be dropped from the program. Any student receiving a grade of "C" in more than two sociology courses taken for graduate credit will be immediately dropped from the program.