Master of Science in Applied Sociology


With an emphasis on the acquisition of theoretical knowledge and social research skills, the Master of Science in Applied Sociology degree program is designed to prepare students for careers in policy analysis, program development and evaluation and quantitative and qualitative data analysis. As public, private and nonprofit organizations attempt to maximize their human and monetary resources, they often seek professionals with specialized skills to assess program demands and viability, evaluate program success, direct change and inform policy.

Graduates are trained to fill such roles and effectively apply their knowledge and skills in employment areas including healthcare, local, state and national government, nonprofit social services, community activism, marketing research, human resources and business administration.

Although the MS in Applied Sociology is a terminal degree program, a number of our graduates have transitioned into external sociology doctoral programs throughout the country. The program is open to full- and part-time students, with many of our classes offered in the late afternoon and evenings.

Career Options

Graduates of the program seek positions such as: program director, developer, evaluator, grant writer, researcher, data analyst, human resource representative and administrators and researchers in public and private agencies such as law enforcement agencies, judicial system, state agencies, healthcare and legal service corporations and law firms.

Application Requirements

Degree requirements: The Master of Science in Applied Sociology (ASOC) seeks applications from students with a baccalaureate degree from an institution of higher education. Although applications will be reviewed holistically, in general, entering students should have earned a 3.0 undergraduate grade point average (GPA) (on a 4.0 point scale) and optimally have a Graduate Records Examination (GRE) verbal score of 156 and a quantitative score of 152. Standardized test scores are only one of the factors taken into account in determining admission. Students should also submit all transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and a one-page essay outlining personal background, education, and professional objectives.

GPA: 3.0 out of a 4.0 scale is advisable.

Test score required: Yes

GRE verbal score of 156 and a quantitative score of 152.

Letters of recommendation: 3

Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation from individuals who can judge the candidate’s probability of success in graduate school. Use the electronic request form in the graduate application to submit the letters. Contact the graduate academic program department if you have any questions.

Admissions essay required: Yes

A one-page essay outlining personal background, education, and professional objectives.

Deadlines: University deadlines apply.