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Master of Arts in Sociology for Current Stanford Graduate Students

The M.A. degree in Sociology is available to current Ph.D. candidates in Sociology and to students in advanced degree programs (Ph.D., J.D., M.D.) from other Stanford departments and schools.  For the M.A. degree, students must complete a minimum of 45 units of Sociology course work with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B) or better.

Of these units, 30 units must be taken in courses taught by faculty appointed in the Sociology department. Students may petition to use the remaining 15 units as “flex units” for courses not offered by faculty appointed in sociology, but that are highly relevant to the discipline. Five (5) of these flex units can be taken as an independent study or directed reading with a member of the faculty appointed in sociology. All flex units applied to courses not taught by faculty appointed in sociology must be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies. All courses must be taken for a letter grade if possible. Workshops and colloquium do not count towards the M.A.

Core Requirements

All units for the Sociology M.A. must be taken at or above the 100 level;  and a minimum of 20 units must be taken at the 200 level.  Thirty (30) of the 45 units taken towards the MA in Sociology must be Sociology coursework.  Students may petition to use the remaining 15 units as “flex units” for courses not offered by faculty appointed in sociology, but that are highly relevant to the discipline. Five (5) of these flex units can be taken as an independent study or directed reading with a faculty member appointed in the sociology department.  Workshops and colloquium cannot be used to complete the Sociology MA degree requirements. 

thesis is not required, but many students work closely with a Sociology faculty advisor to develop a publishable paper

Teaching Requirements

There is no teaching requirement for the MA in Sociology.

Application Requirements

A  formal application to the M.A. program is not required, current Stanford students must submit the following:

  1. Graduate Authorization Petition form, available electronically through Axess;
  2. Program Proposal for an M.A. form available for download from the registrar's office website, submitted to Sociology graduate student services officer;
  3. Applicants from outside of the Sociology department must submit a short statement of purpose; 1 page double-spaced, submitted to Sociology graduate student services officer.

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