George Mason University

M.A. On Campus
12 months
1412 USD/credit
1412 USD/credit
524 USD/credit
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The George Mason University MA program in Sociology is one of only a very few in the country that emphasizes public sociology


You will receive training in traditional sociological research methods and inquiry, with an eye toward questions of broad public relevance. You will be encouraged to consider the audiences for which you are writing, including policy makers, political activists, community groups and non-profits, and the general public. This is sociology in action.

Sociology faculty from George Mason University are sought after contributors to local and national media on a range of topics from high school proms to prison reform to the economic contributions of immigrant households.  Many hold leadership positions in local, regional, and national professional associations and are working on research projects supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the National Science Foundation, and the State Department, among many others.

The faculty specialize in culture (including music, art, new media, and consumption); family, youth and aging; gender; globalization; immigration and migration; political economy, development and economic sociology; political sociology and social movements; race/ethnicity; religion; sociological theory; and urban sociology.

Students pursuing an MA in sociology may choose a specialization in either institutions and inequality, or the sociology of globalization. Under the larger framework of these specializations, students may pursue studies in a wide range of areas of sociological inquiry. 

In addition to the research component in sociology coursework, some students work on research projects conducted by department faculty or through Mason’s Center for Social Science Research .  Our students range from recent graduates to mid-career professionals, and bring both local and international perspectives to the classroom.

Career options:

Some of our graduates pursue a PhD in sociology and several have gone on to academic positions.  Some work in higher education administration, marketing, and social services. Others find research positions in public policy at organizations such as the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, Mathematica Policy Research, the US Census Bureau, and Nielson. The Washington, D.C., area offers rich opportunities to pursue employment in all of these fields.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Classical Sociological Theory
  • Contemporary Sociological Theory
  • Methods and Logic of Social Inquiry
  • Survey Research
  • Evaluation Research for Social Programs
  • Special Topics in Sociology
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Statistical Reasoning
  • Ethnography
  • Historical and Comparative Sociology
  • Analytic Techniques of Social Research

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

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33 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Completed online application for graduate study and application fee
  • An earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, or international equivalent, verified from copies of unofficial transcripts uploaded to the online application Self-Service Center.
  • Copies of unofficial university transcripts and any earned degree 
  • All transcripts from colleges or universities outside the United States must be translated into English
  • Verification of English language proficiency.
  • Official GRE, GMAT, LSAT, or MAT or other official test scores
  • Other supplemental materials specified by your academic program such as essays, departmental forms, portfolios, or interviews

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1412 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1412 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    1412 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1412 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State

    524 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 524 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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