Graduate Programs in Alabama
The University of South Alabama Master of Arts in Sociology
The M.A. in sociology is designed to be completed in four academic semesters for the full-time student. Two tracks of study are available: basic research and applied research. The first two semesters for each are identical, but students should choose one or the other track for their second year of study. The applied research track is designed for students who plan to work in the public or private sectors or complete a Ph.D. in applied sociology. This track requires completion of a course in applied sociology, an internship with an agency or firm, and a research paper that is typically written for the benefit of the internship agency. The basic research track is designed for students who wish to advance the discipline’s knowledge base and intend to pursue a research position, teaching sociology as a career, or an academic Ph.D. after completion of the M.A. This track requires the completion of a thesis. Visit the University of South Alabama website for further information.
The University of Alabama Master of Science in Criminal Justice
At the master’s level, the mission is the development of research skills and expansion of the conceptual and practical knowledge critical for leaders in criminal justice or in the social services. This program offers a low student-faculty ratio, personal academic career advising, research opportunities, and preparation for doctoral programs. Visit the University of Alabama website for further information.
Auburn University Master of Science in Rural Sociology
Graduate study in rural sociology is available at the master’s level through the Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Sociology. The program faculty includes rural sociologists from DAERS and sociologists, anthropologists, and others from the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work in the College of Liberal Arts on the AU main campus as well as from the Department of Sociology at Auburn University-Montgomery. There are both thesis and non-thesis options available. Visit the Auburn University website for further information.
Auburn University-Montgomery Master of Arts in Sociology and Master of Science in Sociology and Rural Sociology
The master’s degree in sociology (M.A. or M.S.) is offered as an interdepartmental program between the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work (College of Liberal Arts, AU), the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology (College of Agriculture, AU), and the Department of Sociology (School of Liberal Arts, AUM). This cooperative program is administered by three co-directors, one from each of the participating departments. Visit the Auburn University-Montgomery website for further information.
Graduate Programs in Mississippi
Mississippi State University Master of Science, Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology
The Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work offers three different graduate degree tracks in sociology: (1) Master of Science, Non-Thesis Option; (2) Master of Science, Thesis Option; and (3) Doctor of Philosophy. Ph.D. students have been placed in many fine colleges and institutions. Those students who have earned master’s degrees at MSU have also been well placed in a variety of professional settings. Students, in conjunction with faculty, tailor their programs of study at MSU. Visit the Mississippi State University website for further information.
The University of Mississippi Master of Arts in Sociology
The Department of Sociology and Anthropology offers programs leading to the degree of Master of Arts. The faculty maintains an active research agenda while placing a strong emphasis on teaching and mentorship. Students learn both qualitative and quantitative methods and are exposed to a variety of subfields and theoretical perspectives. The core strengths of the faculty include: culture— food, identity, literature, and youth subcultures; international development; media; demography; social movements; inequalities— race, class, and gender; quantitative methods; and qualitative methods— ethnography, in-depth interviewing, and archival analysis. Visit the University of Mississippi website for further information.
Delta State University Master of Science in Community Development
The Division of Social Science has brought together a faculty diverse in academic training, experience, and culture in order to provide a rich and varied learning experience for our students. Approved in 1995, this 36-hour program has graduated more than 50 students. Delta State University promotes innovation, creativity, cooperation, and participation in the classroom and in communities. Based upon wide-ranging theoretical foundations, skill development, and participation, students are encouraged to work with communities to meet community needs. Visit the Delta State University website for further information.
Jackson State University Master of Arts in Sociology
The Sociology Program offers the Master of Arts Degree in Sociology; the Master of Arts Degree in Sociology with an emphasis in Alcohol/Drug Studies; and the Master of Arts Degree in Sociology with an emphasis in Criminal Justice. The Alcohol/Drugs Program is a member of Alcohol and Drugs Problems of America. Visit the Jackson State University website for further information.
These summaries of departmental programs were copied from university sites and edited.