Masters of Arts in Applied Sociology

Degree Overview

This program is designed to increase your understanding of group, organizational, and institutional processes that structure communities and human experience. We emphasize the application of sociological theory, knowledge, and methodologies in efforts to address modern issues and problems facing society.

You are perfect for our Master's in Applied Sociology if you...

  •    ...want to build a career doing social research in community or social settings, then get involved with our Laboratory for Applied Research (LASR)
  •    ...aim to do work in human services, that may entail Program Evaluation, Advanced Research in Planning Human Services or Social Policies
  •    ...want to teach sociology at the community college level, take courses in teaching, sociology of education, and intern in our department
  •    ...want a choice after course work between an Internship OR a Thesis
  •    ...are interested in community engagement and grassroots involvement for social change


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This program prepares you for professional practice in applied research settings and further academic studies in sociology and related fields. Our curriculum affords you the opportunity to structure your coursework to best serve unique interests. You can choose either an internship or a thesis option.

The internship program provides hands-on experience for you to help bridge the gap between theory and practice, while the thesis option enables you to pursue independent research projects that may be applied in nature or involve basic sociological inquiry.

Our applied sociology program is one of the few applied programs in the country. Our faculty have expertise in a wide range of areas including family, gender, social policy, deviance, race and ethnicity, environment, sexuality, social psychology, and demography.

Degree Requirements

Upon successful completion of your coursework, you are required to complete either an internship or thesis. To earn a Master of Arts in Applied Sociology degree, you must complete the following 37 units:  

  • 10 unit requisite core
  • 21 units of electives selected in consultation with your committee
  • 6 units of Internship (SOC 696) or Thesis (SOC 699)

See the academic catalog for more detailed information.

Degree Outcomes

Graduate alumni who received our M.A. in Applied Sociology...
...are currently employed in these human service community positions:
         Exec. Director, Victim Witness Services, Flagstaff, Arizona
              Coordinator, Network of Victim Assistance, Philadelphia
                   Manager, Northland Family Help Center, Flagstaff, Arizona
                        Director, Civic Service Institute, NAU
                             Adult Probation Officer, Flagstaff, Arizona
                                  Environmental Spec., AZ Dept. of Environmental Quality
...are professors at universities such as these:          
                        Pacific University, Oregon
                             San Jose State, California
                                   Wheaton College, Massachusetts
                                       University of North Carolina, Greenbriar
                                             Samford University, Alabama
                                                 University of Northern Colorado
                                                       James Madison University, Virginia