Sociology (MS)

Sociology (MS)

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The mission of the Master of Science (MS) in Sociology program is to prepare students who complete the program with the knowledge and the technical expertise to be effective specialists, analysts and administrators in a variety of social settings. Such as federal, state, and local government agencies, school districts, community health and aging organizations, marketing firms, and evaluation programs. The department offers a curriculum that has strong emphasis on methods, statistics, and theory.
In order to accomplish this mission, the department pursues excellence in teaching, research, and professional service; and provides graduate students with research and teaching experience.
  • Why UTRGV?

    • Ranked #79 among 300+ national universities by Washington Monthly in 2018
    • Accredited, cutting edge degree program
    • Experienced, dedicated faculty
    • Affordable tuition (ranked #1 in net price among national universities by Washington Monthly in 2018 and #3 most affordable university in America 2018 by BestValueSchools.com)
    • Demonstrated student success in research, professional certification and career advancement
  • Admission Requirements

    Step #1: Submit a UTRGV Graduate Application at www.utrgv.edu/gradapply. There is no application fee.

    Step #2: Request your official transcripts to be sent electronically to gradapps@utrgv.edu or mailed to:

    The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
    The Graduate College
    Marialice Shary Shivers Bldg. 1.158
    1201 W. University Drive
    Edinburg, TX 78539-2999

     
    *Please Note: If you are a graduate of UTPA, UTB/TSC, or UTRGV you do not need to request an official transcript to be sent to the Graduate College.

    Review and submit all Program Requirements:

    • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or a recognized international equivalent in a similar or related field.
    • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.
    • Official transcripts from each institution attended (must be submitted directly to UTRGV).
    • Personal  statement  detailing  professional  goals  and  reasons  for pursuing the graduate degree.
    • Two  letters  of  recommendation  from  professional  or  academic sources.
    • GRE General Test. GRE test scores are valid for 5 years. A waiver of the GRE requirement will be granted to applicants who show proof of completing a graduate degree (master’s or doctoral).

    Additional requirements for domestic applicants who attended foreign universities:

    • TOEFL or IELTS Language Proficiency Test with minimum scores: 550 on paper-based, 213 on computer based, or 79 on Internet-based for the TOEFL; 6.5 for the IELTS. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for 2 years. For additional information, visit the Additional Documents for Domestic Applicants who Attend Foreign Universities section of our website.
    • Certified English translation of educational records.

    Additional requirements for international applicants:

    • TOEFL or IELTS Language Proficiency Test with minimum scores: 550 on paper-based, 213 on computer based, or 79 on Internet-based for the TOEFL; 6.5 for the IELTS. For additional information, visit the English Proficiency Exam section of our website.
    • Certified English translation of educational records.
    • Financial   Documentation  showing sufficient funds to cover all expenses (living and academic) for the first year of study. For additional information, visit the Financial Documentation section of our website.
    • Immigration  documents, including a current copy of your valid passport. For additional information, visit the Immigration Documents section of our website.

    UPDATE ON INTERNATIONAL ADMISSIONS FROM U.S. IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT:

    • SEVP regulations prohibit the issuance of a Form I-20 based on conditional admission, effective July 13, 2016. University officials can only issue a Form I-20 when students have met all standards for admission for the program of study listed on the Form I-20. These standards for admission include any English proficiency requirements.

  • Program Contact

    Program Coordinator: Dr. Salvatore Restifo

    Phone: (956) 665-8798

    Office: Edinburg Campus, ELABN 3333

    E-Mail: salvatore.restifo@utrgv.edu 

  • Deadlines

    Deadlines:

    Applications will be accepted year round and prospective students are encouraged to apply at least 2 months before classes start to ensure a timely application review.  Applying early will also give prospective students the best opportunity to be considered for scholarships and other possible funding opportunities.

    *Note: This program only admits applicants during Fall, Spring, Summer I and Summer II semesters.

  • Tuition Estimate

    Residency Per 3-Credit Hour Course Semester (9-Credit Hours) Total Estimated Cost
    Texas Resident $1,359.29 $3,563.87 $16,311.48
    Non-Resident/International $2,625.29 $7,361.87 $31,503.48


    *We estimate that tuition and fees will closely approximate the rates shown above; however, rates are subject to change. Please note that the rates above are estimated for on-campus students and those enrolled in 16-week online programs. The rate is different for Accelerated Online Programs (AOP). Visit the tuition and fees page for detailed information.

  • Course Requirements

     
    Required Courses 12
    SOCI 6300: Statistics 3
    SOCI 6301: Social Theory 3
    SOCI 6302: Research Methods 3
    SOCI 6304: Research Capstone 3
     
    Choose one of the following options:
     
    Thesis Option
    Designated Electives 18
    Chosen from the following:
    SOCI 6310: Social Change 3
    SOCI 6315: Special Topics 3
    SOCI 6324: Contemporary Issues 3
    SOCI 6325: Sociology of Sports 3
    SOCI 6326: Health Research and Policy 3
    SOCI 6327: Aging and the Life Course 3
    SOCI 6328: Sociology of Globalization 3
    SOCI 6329: Mass Communication 3
    SOCI 6330: Social Psychology 3
    SOCI 6331: Disasters and Society 3
    SOCI 6344: Demography 3
    SOCI 6345: Social Stratification 3
    SOCI 6350: Sociology of Education 3
    SOCI 6353: Sociology of Deviance 3
    SOCI 6354: Family and Society 3
    SOCI 6358: Sociology of the Economy 3
    SOCI 6361: Race and Ethnic Relations 3
    SOCI 6362: Mexican American Society 3
    SOCI 6363: Border Studies 3
    SOCI 6364: Gender 3
    SOCI 6365: Society and Culture of Latin America 3
    SOCI 6376: Directed Study 3
     
    Capstone Requirement 6
    Thesis
    SOCI 7300: Thesis I 3
    SOCI 7301: Thesis II 3
     
    Total graduate hours for degree: 36
    Non‐Thesis Option:
    Designated Electives 24
    Chosen from the following:
    SOCI 6310: Social Change 3
    SOCI 6315: Special Topics 3
    SOCI 6324: Contemporary Issues 3
    SOCI 6325: Sociology of Sports 3
    SOCI 6326: Health Research and Policy 3
    SOCI 6327: Aging and the Life Course 3
    SOCI 6328: Sociology of Globalization 3
    SOCI 6329: Mass Communication 3
    SOCI 6330: Social Psychology 3
    SOCI 6331: Disasters and Society 3
    SOCI 6344: Demography 3
    SOCI 6345: Social Stratification 3
    SOCI 6350: Sociology of Education 3
    SOCI 6353: Sociology of Deviance 3
    SOCI 6354: Family and Society 3
    SOCI 6358: Sociology of the Economy 3
    SOCI 6361: Race and Ethnic Relations 3
    SOCI 6362: Mexican American Society 3
    SOCI 6363: Border Studies 3
    SOCI 6364: Gender 3
    SOCI 6365: Society and Culture of Latin America 3
    SOCI 6376: Directed Study 3
     
    Capstone Requirement
    Completion of Research Project from SOCI 6304
     
    Total graduate hours for degree: 36

    Course Descriptions

    SOCI 6300: Statistics               [3‐0]

    The course focuses on advanced statistical methods, including ANOVA, multiple regression, factor and path analysis. The course uses social science computer programs in the analysis of large scale survey data.

    SOCI 6301: Social Theory              [3‐0]

    Examination of selected classical and contemporary sociological theories.

    SOCI 6302: Research Methods              [3‐0]

    The course focuses on evaluating and formulating various types of research designs. Core methods of data collection and analysis may include such strategies as survey construction, sampling, statistical analysis, case studies, participant observation, ethnography, comparative‐historical research, and content analysis.

    SOCI 6304: Research Capstone              [3‐0]

    The seminar provides students the opportunity to develop an individual research project that integrates sociological theory and methods.

    SOCI 6310: Social Change              [3‐0]

    The course examines processes and implications of social change by drawing on select theoretical and empirical research.

    SOCI 6312: Teaching in the Behavioral Sciences              [3‐0]

    The course examines theories and practices associated with effective pedagogy. Such topics as classroom dynamics, ethics, and syllabus design are emphasized to foster graduate students; preparation for academic careers.

    SOCI 6315: Special Topics              [3‐0]

    The course examines significant topics in contemporary sociology. Topics vary depending on student interest and faculty specialty.

    SOCI 6324: Contemporary Issues              [3‐0]

    The course examines a contemporary issue of sociological importance based on varying student demand and faculty interest.

    SOCI 6325: Sociology of Sports              [3‐0]

    The course examines the political, economic and cultural aspects of sports in society. Attention may be paid to race, class, gender and sexual orientation in sports; the impact of technological change; deviance; and sports‐ related social movements.


    SOCI 6326: Health Research and Policy              [3‐0]

    The course examines health care inequality and policy in the United States. Health outcomes by race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and geographical location may be examined, as well as challenges confronting the health care system.

    SOCI 6327: Aging and the Life Course              [3‐0]

    The course examines aging and the life course, with attention to such topics as health, family, inequality, residential mobility, and cross‐ cultural comparisons.

    SOCI 6328: Sociology of Globalization              [3‐0]

    The course examines selected classical and contemporary perspectives on political, economic, and cultural globalization.

    SOCI 6329: Mass Communication              [3‐0]

    The course examines the reciprocal relationship between the mass media and contemporary culture.

    SOCI 6330: Social Psychology              [3‐0]

    The course examines classic and contemporary social psychological theory and research as practiced within the discipline of Sociology. Topics may include social structure, agency, persuasion and social influence, conformity, deviance, group cohesion, interpersonal attraction, the self, and impression management.

    SOCI 6331: Disasters and Society              [3‐0]

    The course examines the relationship between disasters and society from a sociological perspective. Key themes involve preparedness, warning response, mitigation, social vulnerability, long and short term recovery, and international hazard management.

    SOCI 6344: Demography              [3‐0]

    The course examines demographic trends and measurements of fertility, mortality, and migration. Students may be expected to apply measurements to demographic patterns in the U.S. (including the U.S./Mexico border region) and the world.

    SOCI 6345: Social Stratification              [3‐0]

    The course examines the distribution of wealth, status, political power, and other valued resources by class, race/ethnicity, gender, and other axes of stratification.

    SOCI 6350: Sociology of Education              [3‐0]

    The course examines the role of education in society, including its impact on social order and conflict. Attention may be paid to such issues as educational disparities, the bureaucratization of schools, and debate over educational policy.

    SOCI 6353: Sociology of Deviance              [3‐0]

    The course surveys regional social groups, classes and cultures in Latin America with emphasis on current economic and political developments.

    SOCI 6354: Family and Society              [3‐0]

    The course examines the institution of the family from a cross‐cultural perspective, concentrating on problems such as gender inequality, poverty and discrimination.

    SOCI 6358: Sociology of the Economy              [3‐0]

    The course examines economic phenomena from a sociological perspective, such as comparative‐historical economic systems, the role of the government in the economy, the informal economy, and immigrant incorporation in the labor market.

    SOCI 6361: Race and Ethnic Relations              [3‐0]

    The course examines racial and ethnic relations in the United States. Attention is paid to such problems as discrimination, segregation, and racial‐ethnic violence.

    SOCI 6362: Mexican American Society              [3‐0]

    The course examines the history, culture, and structural relations of Mexican Americans in U.S. Society.

    SOCI 6363: Border Studies              [3‐0]

    The course examines the U.S. – Mexico borderlands, with attention to such topics as demographics, culture, history and social structure.

    SOCI 6364: Gender              [3‐0]

    This course develops the sociological analysis of gender systems in contemporary American society and worldwide.

    SOCI 6365: Society and Culture of Latin America              [3‐0]

    The course surveys regional social groups, classes and cultures in Latin America with emphasis on current economic and political developments.

    SOCI 6376: Directed Study              [3‐0]

    This is the course with highly variable subject content that is tailored to individual students. Students will need to contact instructor for more information.

    SOCI 7300: Thesis I              [3‐0]

    The course involves supervised research in preparation for advanced degree thesis.

    SOCI 7301: Thesis II              [3‐0]

    The course involves supervised research in preparation for advanced degree thesis. The end product is a written thesis of the study's findings.

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