About the Program
The graduate program in Sociology is devoted to the training of research scholars and educators in the discipline. Students have a variety of career goals, ranging from academic research and teaching to research and administration in private or public agencies. The master's program provides advanced training in sociological theory, statistics and research methods. The program's main areas of graduate teaching and research are Gender and Sexuality, Immigration and Globalization, Medical Sociology, Race and Ethnicity, and Urban Sociology.
Time Limit for Degree Completion: 3 years
Campus Location: Main
Full-Time/Part-Time Status: The degree program can be completed on a full- or part-time basis.
Interdisciplinary Study: The program encourages students to participate in seminars in other social sciences, including Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Geography and Urban Studies, History, Political Science, Psychology, Urban Education, and Women’s Studies. A dual degree program is also currently offered:
- MA in Sociology/MA in Urban Bioethics with the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
Affiliation(s): The program is affiliated with the American Sociological Association (ASA).
Areas of Specialization: The main areas of graduate teaching and research are:
- Gender and Sexuality
- Immigration and Globalization
- Medical Sociology
- Race and Ethnicity
- Urban Sociology
Job Prospects: Graduates of the MA program are typically employed as applied researchers and administrators in private and public agencies.
Non-Matriculated Student Policy: Students with a bachelor's degree may take graduate courses in Sociology without enrolling in a Temple University graduate program. A limit of 9 credits of graduate coursework taken prior to admission will be accepted toward a Sociology degree. Non-matriculated students should consult with the Graduate Chair before selecting their coursework if they plan to apply for the degree program.
Financing Opportunities: The Sociology Department does not offer funding opportunities for students enrolled in the MA program.
Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Fall: March 1
Applications are evaluated together after the deadline has passed.
Letters of Reference:
Number Required: 3
From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from college/university faculty members familiar with academic competence, wherever possible.
Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: A baccalaureate degree is required.
Statement of Goals: In approximately 500 to 1,000 words, share your interest in Temple's program, research goals, future career goals, and academic and research achievements.
Standardized Test Scores:
Applicants who earned their baccalaureate degree from an institution where the language of instruction was other than English, with the exception of those who subsequently earned a master’s degree at a U.S. institution, must report scores for a standardized test of English that meet these minimums:
- TOEFL iBT: 100
- IELTS Academic: 7.0
- PTE Academic: 68
- Duolingo: 120
Writing Sample: The writing sample should demonstrate your ability to conduct research and write a scholarly paper. The paper may be on any topic. It must be fully referenced according to a professional and scholarly style.
Resume: Current personal resume or curriculum vitae required.
Transfer Credit: Graduate coursework in Sociology may be transferred from outside the university, provided that the credits were obtained no more than five years prior to the student's matriculation at Temple and the grades are "B" or better. The maximum number of credits a student may transfer is 6.
General Program Requirements:
Number of Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 31
|Social Theory Course|
|SOC 8111||Classical Social Theory||3|
|or SOC 9111||Contemporary Sociological Theory|
|Methods of Inquiry Courses|
|SOC 8011||Logic of Inquiry||3|
|SOC 8211||Inferential and Multivariate Statistics||4|
|SOC 8221||Qualitative Methods||3|
|SOC 9211||Graduate Data Analysis||3|
|SOC 9241||Qualitative Data Analysis||3|
|Capstone Courses 2|
|SOC 8873||Writing for the Social Sciences||3|
|SOC 8883||Second-Year Research||0|
|Total Credit Hours||31|
Of the three elective courses, two must relate to the preliminary examination. Other electives may include: (1) An Independent Study course (SOC 9382): With the consent of the Graduate Chair and the instructor, students may take one Independent Study course, which is an intensive program of study within a specific area of Sociology. Students who wish to take an Independent Study course must submit to the Graduate Chair at the beginning of the term a "Department Independent Study Request" form describing the readings and/or research they propose to undertake. The form must be signed by both the participating faculty member and the Graduate Chair. A final statement on the work completed must be filed with the Graduate Chair at the end of the term. A letter grade is given for this course. (2) An outside course: With the approval of the Graduate Chair, students may take one course outside of the Sociology Department.
Culminating Events: The Sociology Department evaluates students at the end of their second year based on two criteria:
- First, full-time students are expected to complete a Second Year Paper, which is due at the end of the Spring term of their second year. Part-time students are allowed to complete the paper within a year after finishing their required Social Theory and Methods of Inquiry courses. All students are responsible for recruiting two committee members to review and grade the paper, which is due the last day of classes in the Spring term. Students may work with their committee throughout the semester to ensure the paper aligns with expectations. Papers can be a journal-quality literature review, a journal-quality theory piece, a journal-quality empirical investigation, a grant proposal, or a research report akin to those put out by research organizations. Students then present their paper to the department. Their committee evaluates the paper based on the student's demonstrated ability to synthesize the relevant literature, conceptualize a research problem, and/or carry out a feasible research design. Both committee members must pass the paper. Any student who does not write a passing paper that term must do so the following semester. Those who are unsuccessful on the second attempt are dismissed from the program.
- Second, students must earn a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better in the degree curriculum. Students apply for graduation in Self-Service Banner by accessing TUportal. Note the deadline for submitting the graduation application on the Graduate School calendar.
Program Web Address:
Dept. of Sociology
710 Gladfelter Hall
1115 W. Polett Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6089
Submission Address for Application Materials:
Director of Graduate Studies:
James Bachmeier, PhD
Dustin Kidd, PhD