Examples of Possible Careers*
Social science research assistants
- 5.8% faster than the average
- 40,100 number of jobs
- $49,210 potential earnings
- 3.6% about as fast as the average
- 3,200 number of jobs
- $86,110 potential earnings
Sociology teachers, postsecondary
- 3.8% about as fast as the average
- 17,000 number of jobs
- $75,610 potential earnings
Source of occupation titles and labor data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook. Data comprises projected percent change in employment over the next 10 years; nation-wide employment numbers; and the yearly median wage at which half of the workers in the occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less.
The Master of Arts degree in Sociology is designed to prepare students for doctoral study in sociology and for careers in a variety of professions and industries, including, but not limited to, government, research companies and non-profit organizations.
- Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university1 for unconditional admission
- Minimum 3.000 GPA on a 4.000 point scale for unconditional admission
- Official transcripts(s)
- GRE scores (taken within the last five years)
- Goal statement (1-2 pages), describing current academic interests, research interests, long-range career goals and how admission to the Department of Sociology at Kent State University will facilitate the achievement of these goals
- Three letters of recommendation from current/former professors who can adequately evaluate the applicant's past work and potential
- English language proficiency - all international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning one of the following:
- Minimum 587 TOEFL PBT score (paper-based version)
- Minimum 94 TOEFL IBT score (Internet-based version)
- Minimum 82 MELAB score
- Minimum 7.0 IELTS score
- Minimum 65 PTE score
- Minimum 120 Duolingo English Test score
For more information about graduate admissions, please visit the Graduate Studies website. For unconditional admission.
Program learning Outcomes
Graduates of this program will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of professional and ethical issues and duties in the discipline of sociology.
- Demonstrate a practical understanding of early/classical sociological theory by using it to better understand social phenomena and human behavior; and develop new theoretical arguments and pose and attempt to answer research questions.
- Demonstrate a practical understanding of research methods in sociology.
- Demonstrate a practical understanding of multivariate statistics in application to social research.
- Demonstrate the ability to carry out original research through the successful completion of a thesis project.