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Requirements for Admission

  1. Admission is based on the entire record of the applicant and availability of departmental resources.
  2. Students must submit a completed admissions form to the UTEP graduate school, including references and statement of purpose, as well as transcripts.
  3. A bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. university or proof of equivalent education at a foreign institution. Generally, students should have a 3.0 (B) grade point average, or equivalent, particularly in Sociology courses and over the last 60 hours of undergraduate work.
  4. The department also grants a limited number of teaching and research assistantships to selected graduate students. Other forms of financial assistance are also available. For further information, please contact the graduate advisor.

Requirements for the Degree

The following are the requirements of the 33-hour MA in Sociology degree program:

  1. Each candidate must take:
    SOCI 5311Prof Development in Sociology3
    SOCI 5312Sem-Advanced Measure/Inference3
    SOCI 5320Seminar in Quantitative Method3
    SOCI 5322Seminar in Qualitative Methods3
    SOCI 5328Social Theory3
    plus twelve semester hours of sociology or anthropology approved for graduate credit12
    SOCI 5398Thesis3
    or SOCI 5396 Non-Thesis Project I
    SOCI 5399Thesis3
    or SOCI 5397 Non-Thesis Project II
    Total Hours33
  2. No later than the completion of 24 credits in the program, the student shall declare to the Graduate Advisor in writing her or his intention to choose the thesis plan or the applied non-thesis plan.  Students may change between plans, but should be aware that this may result in taking additional credit hours to complete the degree.  More information on the specific expectations of the thesis plan and the applied non-thesis plan is available from the Graduate Advisor.
  3. Students enrolled in the thesis plan must enroll at least one semester in SOCI 5398 Thesis and SOCI 5399 Thesis and successfully propose and defend the thesis before a committee while enrolled in SOCI 5399.  Each thesis course can only count once toward the total number of hours needed for the degree.  Thesis committees consist of at least two departmental representatives and one member from outside the department.
  4. Students enrolled in the applied non-thesis plan must enroll at least one semester in SOCI 5396 Non-Thesis Project I and SOCI 5397 Non-Thesis Project II and successfully propose and defend the thesis before a committee while enrolled in SOCI 5397.  Each non- thesis project course can only count once toward the total number of hours needed for the degree.  Project committees consist of at least two departmental representatives and one member from outside the department.
  5. Candidates may pursue a minor in Anthropology.  Candidates taking this option must obtain the consent of the graduate advisor and his/her thesis director, and may take up to 9 hours of anthropology courses from the list of advanced undergraduate courses approved for graduate credit.  The plan of anthropology courses must be approved by the graduate advisor and thesis advisor, once assigned.  Additional requirements are listed in item 6 below.
  6. Undergraduate courses and independent studies approved for graduate credit will count toward the degree only by permission of the graduate advisor and thesis advisor, once assigned.  To use an undergraduate course for graduate credit, the following additional work is required: additional reading of original scholarly books and articles above and beyond textbooks; additional written work such as research on specific topics or hypotheses, literature reviews, or identifying research problems in specific areas; and at least five additional meetings with the professor to discuss the added requirements and their completion.
  7. Each candidate will submit a suitably bound thesis or project report that must be approved by the candidate's committee and placed on file in the Department and two additional bound copies in the Graduate Student Services.
  8. Candidates will be allowed only one grade lower than a "B" in coursework taken for graduate credit.  No grade lower than a "B" will be accepted in a required course.  Candidates must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Degree Plan

Required Credits: 33

MA in Sociology 1
Required Courses (All courses require a grade of B or better):
SOCI 5311Prof Development in Sociology3
SOCI 5312Sem-Advanced Measure/Inference3
SOCI 5320Seminar in Quantitative Method3
SOCI 5322Seminar in Qualitative Methods3
SOCI 5328Social Theory3
Electives (All courses require a grade of C or better):
Select twelve additional hours from graduate SOCI or ANTH: 212
Individual Studies
Individual Studies
Grad Internship in Sociology
Seminar - Demography
Special Graduate Topics
Seminar-Criminology
US-Mexico Borderlands in Chang
Seminar-Sociology of Education
Individual Studies
Non-Thesis Project I
Non-Thesis Project II
Applied or Thesis Option (All courses require a grade of C or better):
Select one from the following options:6
Non-Thesis Project I
and Non-Thesis Project II
Thesis
and Thesis
Total Hours33
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Only one grade lower than a "B" in coursework taken for graduate credit will be allowed.

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Undergraduate courses with additional work approved for graduate credit are also available for use as electives.