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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

Sociology (SOC)

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Master of Arts (M.A.)
CIP Code: 45.1101
College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 36

Contact Information:
College of Arts and Sciences
Sociology Department (SOC)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue CPR107
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Sara Crawley
Phone: 813-974-0977


Faculty Search: Arts and Sciences Faculty List

Program Information

The Sociology M.A. program provides a foundation in a broad range of sociological theories and research methods and an opportunity for pursuing specialized interests in elective Sociology courses, courses in other departments, and thesis research. Many of our M.A. recipients continue in sociology Ph.D. programs. Others teach in secondary schools and junior colleges, are employed in mental health services and research, in human resources management, and government organizations, or work as research consultants and market analysts.

Major Research Areas
Community and Identity Studies, Cultural Sociology, Social Psychology, Emotions, Family, Sex and Gender, Race/Ethnic/Minority Relations, Religion, Deviant Behavior/Social Disorganization, Science and Technology, Qualitative Methodology.


Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: February 15
Spring: --
Summer: --

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: February 15
Spring: ---
Summer: ---

Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.

Program Admission Requirements

Same as university plus:

  • three letters of recommendation
  • personal statement
  • a writing sample that demonstrates strong scholarly research
  • GRE required – preferred scores of 153V (500V), 144Q (500Q)
  • Official Transcripts
  • TOEFL. Applicants whose first language is not English must also submit a score of at least 600 on the Tests of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Admissions Status: Apply


Program Degree Requirements







Contemporary Sociological Theory
Methods of Research
Sociological Statistics





The 21 hours of electives must include at least 12 hours in scheduled graduate courses in Sociology. With an advisor's approval, a student may transfer up to six (6) hours of credit from another university or up to 12 hours of credit taken as a non-degree seeking student at USF. With an advisor's approval, up to nine (9) hours of elective credit may be taken in a department other than Sociology.





Thesis: Master's







College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.


USF Degree Requirements

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Financial Assistance

Financial Aid

Fellowships & Scholarships

Graduate Assistantships


Registration Process

First, contact your graduate program advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at Then go to the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.


Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

SYA6126, SYA6305, SYA6405, SYA6971,