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M.A. Program

The Department of Sociology, in the College of Arts and Sciences, offers a terminal master's degree which must be completed in three years.


For admission to graduate study in sociology, the following, in addition to the minimum   Graduate School  requirements, are normally required:

  • A bachelor's degree or its equivalent, as attested to by transcripts of previous academic work. Official transcripts from international colleges or universities must be evaluated by   World Education Services
  • Undergraduate statistics course (suggested but not required).
  • Undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or above.
  • Satisfactory results on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test. International students, in addition to taking the GRE, must take the TOEFL exam and receive a score of 550 (paper based), 213 (computer based), 79-80 (internet based) or better to be considered for admission.
  • Strong recommendations from former instructors.
  • Acceptance by both the Department of Sociology and the Graduate School.

Applications must be submitted to the Department by   January 15th  of each year. Admissions are for the Fall semester only. There are no Spring Admissions. Applications should be submitted online through the graduate school website:   Graduate School

Supplementary materials can be mailed directly to:

Sociology Department - Graduate Program Applications
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-4356

Writing Samples and CVs are optional. If you choose to send writing samples, they must be MAILED directly to the department. Please DO NOT e-mail them to the Graduate Program Coordinator. DO NOT upload them to Apply Yourself. They will NOT be printed out if uploaded.

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Requirements for the Master's Degree

In addition to the minimum   Graduate School  requirements, the following are required:

A. Courses

Course requirements for an M.A. in sociology include four designated courses, two in sociological theory and two in statistics, and an additional six elective courses totaling thirty credits. Students must achieve a minimum 3.0 grade point average for 30 credits of graduate level courses.

B. Writing Requirement

Students are required to write a theoretical/empirical research paper as described in the writing option (Section D, Option 2.1, Mandatory Theoretical/Empirical Paper) for the   Ph.D. program. This paper will constitute an original piece of social science research evaluated formally by two faculty members.

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