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Sociology, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months


The Sociology master programme offered byLouisiana State University requires two years of graduate study and is expected to lead onward to the PhD.

 Core courses :

  • classical theories methods
  •  two statistics courses 

should be completed in the first year. 

Before the final semester (generally the spring semester of the second year), the student must decide whether s/he will write an empirical research paper or an MA thesis. If writing an empirical research paper, the student may elect to take SOCL 8900 (Research in Sociology), although taking these credits is not a requirement. If writing an MA thesis, the student must take six hours of SOCL 8000 (MA Thesis Research), supervised by a faculty member who will serve as the chair of the student's committee. The faculty member must agree to the content of the research paper or thesis before the student is permitted to enroll in the course. An oral examination is required in accordance with normal procedures of the Graduate School. MA degrees with empirical papers are considered “non-thesis degrees” by the Graduate School.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Classical Sociological Theory 
  •  Contemporary Sociological Theory
  • Research Methods in Sociology
  • Advanced Research Methods in Social Science
  • Methods of Social Investigation
  • Specialized Topics in Social Science Methods

                                      Detailed Programme Facts

                                      • Programme intensity Full-time
                                        • Full-time duration 24 months
                                      • Credits
                                        36 alternative credits
                                      • Languages
                                        • English
                                      • Delivery mode
                                        On Campus

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                                      Academic Requirements

                                      You need the following GPA score:

                                      Required score: 3

                                      Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

                                      Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

                                      General Requirements

                                      Regular Admission to the LSU Graduate School requires: 
                                      •  a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
                                      • a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade-point average (GPA) for all undergraduate work taken prior to receiving a degree and a minimum 3.0 GPA for all previous graduate work for which a grade is given; 
                                      •  satisfactory academic standing at the last institution attended
                                      •  acceptable scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE); and 
                                      •  acceptance into a departmental program

                                      Tuition Fee

                                      • International

                                        29456 USD/year
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                                        Based on the original amount of 29456 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
                                      • National

                                        29456 USD/year
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                                      • In-State

                                        12541 USD/year
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                                        Based on the original amount of 12541 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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