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On Campus
Est. time to complete:

2-3 years
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Participate in innovative research in one of Texas' best sociology programs.
Our graduate programs are designed to equip students for careers in academia and/or applied sociology. Students have opportunities to work closely with faculty on research projects in areas such as gender, race and ethnicity, globalization studies, urbanization and development, demography, aging, work and organizations, marriage and family, and environmental sociology.

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Why Earn a Sociology Master's Degree?

The Master of Arts and Master of Science degrees are designed to give you an in-depth knowledge of a variety of substantive areas in sociology and to help you develop yourself as a professional researcher.

You can also work closely with faculty members in a variety of educational and research areas such as:

  • Comparative and global sociology
  • Demography
  • Development and social change
  • Environmental sociology
  • Health, illness and aging
  • Marriage and family
  • Race and ethnicity
  • Religion
  • Social inequality and stratification
  • Social media
  • Sustainable societies
  • Work and organizations
Marketable Skills
  • Oral and written communication
  • Quantitative and qualitative research design
  • Statistical analysis and interpretation
  • Conduct research literature reviews
  • Empirically-based analytical reasoning

Sociology Master's Degree Highlights

Thesis Option: Students who plan to pursue the Ph.D. after completing the master's degree are strongly encouraged to write a master's thesis. With this option, students are required to complete the core courses and an additional 15 hours of substantive courses, and must write and successfully defend a thesis.
Non-Thesis Option: Students who take this option must complete a total of 30 hours of courses and pass a comprehensive exam designed by their advisory committee at the end of the program.
We offer flexible scheduling with classes available in the late afternoon or evening to accommodate work schedules and other personal commitments.
Our students often present their work at national and regional conferences and earn other recognition for their research and teaching.
Students learn to apply social science perspectives and tools to social problems, thereby improving quality of life.
UNT's Sociology program is ranked 3rd in Texas, 13th in the South and 49th in the nation by

What Can You Do With a Sociology Master's Degree?

We train graduate students in the latest sociological theories, methods and research in preparation for careers in higher education, marketing, social services, government, data science, health care and many other fields.

Sociology Master's Degree Courses You Could Take

Research Methods and Design (3 hrs)
Research designs; techniques of sampling and scaling; problems of reliability and validity; consideration of appropriate tests of association and significance.
Introduction to Social Statistics (3hrs)
Probability theory, descriptive statistics, nonparametric statistics and the general linear model, including multiple regression analysis, and their application in sociological research.
Seminar on Race and Ethnicity (3 hrs)
Historical and institutional theories of race relations; contemporary forms of racism; and exploration into possible social, institutional and policy solutions to the social problems linked to racism.
Criminological Theory (3 hrs)
Examination of the major theoretical explanations of criminality, the distribution of crime and the behavior of justice agencies.
Sociology of Education (3 hrs)
Interrelationships of schools and communities in American society; application of sociological concepts to the study of schools as social systems.
Sociological Theory (3 hrs)
  • Overview of the evolution, forms and relations of classical and contemporary sociological theory. Focuses on the most influential classical and contemporary macro- and micro-sociological theories from the founding of sociology to the present day.

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