Master of Science in Sociology

The M.S. in Sociology program prepares students for positions in teaching, research and applied fields. It serves primarily two types of students: those who wish to use a sociological analysis to inform their social problems-related work in community agencies, non-profit organizations and other settings, and those aiming for Ph.D. programs.

The faculty of the program spans a broad spectrum of expertise that includes both theoretical and applied areas, as well as the convergence of the two. Students seeking a general background in the rudiments of sociological analysis will be exposed to a systematic course of study including a rigorous methods/statistics sequence, theoretical foundations and the opportunity to pursue concentrated work in a number of substantive areas of departmental strength such as deviance, gender, family, sexuality, violence, population studies, urban sociology, health, religion and social stratification.

Our program emphasizes that many sociologists not only seek to understand social problems, but also work to identify viable alternatives to existing conditions and contribute toward responsible social change. Building on this philosophy, our program focus seeks to bridge basic and applied research. This approach uses sound sociological theory and research methods, consultation with communities that are directly affected by the issues being studied and attention to the work of those who seek social change. This general approach to social problems and social change accommodates a wide array of specific interest areas, such as race, health care, crime, economic inequality, gender, family, education and others.

The goal of the master's program is to develop well-trained sociologists who may choose a variety of career options and who are capable of initiating, evaluating and adapting to changes in the field.


For more information on the curriculum for the sociology program or degree requirements, please visit the VCU Bulletins website.

Course descriptions

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Accelerated Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Sociology

The accelerated B.S. and M.S. program allows qualified students with a major in sociology to earn both degrees in a minimum of five years by completing approved graduate courses during the senior year of their undergraduate program. For more information, visit the program page.


For further information, please contact:
Jennifer A. Johnson, Ph.D.
Sociology Programs
Phone: (804) 828-6826