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Master of Arts in Sociology

DePaul's Master's Program in Sociology offers a progressive curriculum that:

  • provides students specialized training in topics of their choosing, including social inequalities; social institutions, health and human services; criminology; urban community development; and culture, media and art.
  • enables students to focus on a topic of interest and apply research skills in an area of specialization.
  • engages students with the broader community through research, advocacy and service.

The MA Program in Sociology  is a 48 credit hour program (12 courses) that exposes students to key sociological methods and theory through a variety of required  core courses, electives, and the completion of a final writing project.

Program Requirements

Course and Writing Project requirements can be found in the university catalog here.

Students can track their degree progress using the Degree Progress Report (DPR) or this worksheet.

Admission Information

Criteria / Conditions: The department of sociology admits students with a bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited institution who show definite promise for completing the requirements for the advanced degree.  Successful applicants will demonstrate a strong academic record, typically with at least a 3.0 GPA, and prior courses and/or experience in sociology or related fields, as well as an interest in pursuing a career related to sociology.

Students who have not taken undergraduate statistics with a B- or better will be required to complete SOC 402:  Statistics for the Social Sciences.  SOC 402 carries graduate credit and can be counted among the twelve courses for the degree.

The Department of Sociology accepts incoming applications for the Sociology MA program for the fall and winter quarters.

To apply for admission, please submit the following:

  • A completed online application, which may be found at
  • Official transcripts from all previous college course work
  • Personal statement reflecting course work and/or experience in sociology and related field, future goals, and why this program is right for you

How to Apply
Online applications can be submitted at

Transcripts and other required credentials should be mailed to the following address:
The Office of Graduate Admission
College of Liberal Arts and Social Science
DePaul University
2400 North Sheffield Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614

Application credentials (including official electronic transcripts) may also be e-mailed to the Office of Graduate Admissions at Please make sure your legal name is provided on all submitted documents.

International Students
International students interested in applying should review the international graduate admission page for more information about credential evaluation and document submission, which may be found here.  For more information about the minimum TOEFL scores required, please contact the Office of Graduate Admission at or at 773.325.7315. 

Graduate Financial Assistance Information

The Department of Sociology offers a limited number of graduate and teaching assistantships, as well as tuition waivers.  Click here for additional information.

Graduate Information Sessions

Please join us for an information session featuring DePaul's MA in Sociology program. At this information session you will have the opportunity to learn about program content, admission requirements, and meet with the program faculty. 

Graduate Program in Sociology information sessions

For more information, please contact Dr. Robyn Brown, Director of Sociology Graduate Studies, or refer to the Graduate Advising FAQ.

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