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Sociology, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #231 (QS) , IL,
Students in the Department of Sociology at UIC are prepared to successfully enter academia or research positions in the public sector. The department accepts only applicants to the program who intend to earn the PhD. 


Students who do not already have an MA in Sociology will earn one as they complete requirements for the doctorate. Applicants who have an MA degree from another institution will receive degree credit of up to 32 semester hours toward the doctoral degree if approved by the director of graduate studies and the Graduate College at the time of admission. All students must satisfy the course and degree requirements of the MA program. 

Course work and research leading to a doctoral degree are concentrated in one of two areas: sociology of race, ethnicity, and gender or the sociology of work, organizations, and the economy. Interdepartmental concentrations in Gender and Women’s Studies, Latin American and Latino Studies, Survey Research Methodology, Violence Studies, and Women's Health may be available to students in this program.

Programme Structure

Courses Included
  • Sociological Statistics
  • Intermediate Sociological Statistics
  • Writing in the Social Sciences
  • Seminar in Comparative Racialization
  • Sociology of Gender
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Topics in Race, Ethnicity, and Gender
  • Asian/Asian American Women in the Global Economy
  • Latin American Migration to the U.S.
  • Topics in Organizations and Institutions
  • Social Stratification

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


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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).

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • Prior Degrees: A master’s degree in sociology or equivalent is required. Prior work in social science and sociology is recommended.
  • Grade Point Average: At least 3.00/4.00 (B average) for the final 60 semester (90 quarter) hours of undergraduate study.
  • Transcripts: Required from all institutions where the applicant earned the last 60 semester (90 quarter) hours of study toward the baccalaureate degree and from all institutions where postbaccalaureate work has been done.
  • Tests Required: The GRE is required.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of recommendation are required.
  • Personal Statement Required.
  • Writing Sample Required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    23900 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11950 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    23900 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11950 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State

    11660 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5830 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Chicago

  • 1297 - 2500 USD/month
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