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Michigan State University

12 months
27792 USD/year
27792 USD/year
14144 USD/year
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Global processes are transforming societies, changing cities and forms of economic production, creating new ways to communicate and precipitating new migration patterns, impacting human health and life chances, reshaping the environment, increasing social inequalities, and posing new risks and opportunities. Apply for this master in Sociology at Michigan State University.


New forms of labor, social movements, family life, health care delivery, military conflicts, and ways to distribute food and services are emerging. These global forces are changing the character of sociology itself.

Learning outcomes

The Michigan State University Department of Sociology examines these changing social dynamics through domestic and international scholarship. To signify this perspective, the department has adopted the theme of global transformation to indicate what unifies the diverse activities of our faculty and students.

Global transformation implies a commitment to global and cross-national projects and programs. Our research analyzes global social, political, and cultural differences as well as how a global system often shapes social and environmental processes and movements, change, racial and ethnic inequalities, gender relations, social and economic conflict, and innovation.

The MSU graduate sociology program seeks to develop professionals who will be creative researchers, teachers, and practitioners in knowledge production. The department has five areas of concentration and a number of specialties:

  • Community and Urban. Areas of study include community development, decline and environmental justice; community health; creative communities and fostering creativity; urban and regional economic and transportation networks; expressive cultural behaviors of U.S. African American communities; international development and community change; international urban transformations; social stratification and race in communities; gangs, violence, criminal justice in urban communities; urban food systems and food security.
  • Environment. Areas of study include food and energy production; land use; our interactions with other species; climate change, pollution, and changes in ecosystem structure and function; and human environment intersections.
  • Family. Areas of study include cultural production and maintenance among minority families; domestic violence; family formation and dissolution; gender; health and aging; impact of social change on the family structure, dynamics, and effectiveness; intergenerational transfer; intersectionality and social inequality; LGBT families; marriage and cohabitation; divorce and widowhood; migration and family; religion and family; work-family conflict.
  • Health and Medicine. Areas of study include the social context of health, illness, and health care, with a central focus on health disparities by race/ethnicity, social class, gender, and marital status; political, economic, and environmental circumstances that threaten health; and societal forces that impact the health care system.
  • Migration. Areas of study include the African diaspora; the demography of migration; development and migration; the environment and migration; gender and migration; health and migration; migrant ethnic entrepreneurship, communities, and conflict; migrant integration; migration, race, and refugees; migration research methods.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Qualitative Field Research
  • Survey Research Principles
  • Topics in Sociological Methodology
  • Classical Sociological Theory
  • Analysis of Social Data
  • Methods of Sociological Inquiry

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Present the thesis at a colloquium of the faculty who are associated with the student's major research theme area of concentration.  The presentation must be acceptable to the faculty and be suitable for presentation at a professional meeting or publication in a professional journal. 
  • Participate in the teaching assistant workshop offered by the department. 
  • Participate in the Sociology Graduate Seminar for First–Year Students.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    27792 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 27792 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    27792 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 27792 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    14144 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14144 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for East Lansing

1000 - 1500 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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