The Master of Arts degree is conferred when students have fulfilled the
requirements of either the thesis or nonthesis option. Students must earn a
grade of "B" (3.0) or better in the program’s core courses. Courses may be
retaken to achieve a better grade; however, students must maintain a minimum
GPA of 3.0 in their program of study.
By the end of their first nine
hours of course work in the program, students should select a permanent
faculty adviser and determine their preliminary program of study, either in
the thesis or nonthesis track. Students should maintain close contact with
their faculty adviser in order to develop a viable program of study and avoid
Required Courses—12 Credit Hours
Students receive an independent learning experience in the core
by completing a research study in each of the 12 hours of required
- SYA 5625 Proseminar (3 credit hours): Should
be taken as early as possible in the program.
- SYA 6126 Social Theory
(3 credit hours)
- SYA 6305 Social Research (3 credit hours)
- SYA 6455 Research Analysis (3 credit hours)
Courses—12 Credit Hours
Students will select a minimum of 12 credit
hours of unrestricted electives in consultation with their faculty adviser. No
more than 3 hours may be taken in UCF graduate programs outside the
department. The department’s graduate director must approve all courses taken
outside the department prior to enrollment.
A listing and description
of courses offered by the Department of Sociology is found in the "Courses"
section of the Graduate Catalog Menu.
Under special circumstances,
students may enroll in a graduate-level Directed Independent Study course or a
Directed Independent Research course to fulfill their nonrestricted elective
course requirements. These courses, like most graduate seminars, require
written research reports. Enrollment in these courses requires written
approval from the student’s adviser. No more than 6 hours of graduate-level
courses in Directed Independent Study or Directed Independent Research may be
included in a student’s program of study.
Nonthesis students may
substitute up to 6 hours of their elective course work by completing a
graduate practicum/internship (SYA 6946). The practicum must be approved by
the student’s permanent adviser and the department’s graduate program
Thesis Option—6 Credit Hours
The thesis option
requires a minimum of 6 hours of thesis credit and a successful defense of a
thesis. Students may enroll in thesis hours after they have successfully
completed the four required courses and their thesis committee has been
approved by the department, college, and Graduate Studies.
students’ permanent faculty adviser will chair their committee, which also
will include two additional graduate sociology faculty members in the
department. The additional members of the thesis committee are selected in
consultation with the student’s permanent faculty adviser.
When a topic
has been selected, students, in conjunction with their permanent adviser,
will develop a thesis proposal. Copies of the proposal will be routed to
members of their thesis committee and a proposal hearing scheduled. All
students must pass a proposal hearing as well as a final oral defense of their
thesis. Students who elect to write a thesis should become familiar with the
university’s requirements and deadlines for organizing and submitting the
Nonthesis Option—6 Credit Hours
The nonthesis option requires that
students complete SYA 6657 Program Design and Evaluation and 3 additional
hours of SYA 6918 Directed Research, SYA 6946 Internship or Practicum, SYA
6909 Research Report, or SYA 6908 Directed Independent Studies. Both the
Program Design and Evaluation course (SYA 6657) and "directed research or
internship" courses require community-oriented research projects to develop
research skills in sociology.
- SYA 6657 Program Design
and Evaluation (3 credit hours)
- SYA 6918 Directed Research, SYA 6946
Internship or Practicum, SYA 6909 Research Report, or SYA 6908 Directed
Independent Studies (3 credit hours)
Nonthesis students must complete an applied project. The nature and
implementation of each project will be determined by the student and their
Before students may begin the applied project, they must
earn a grade of "B" (3.0) or better in each of the core courses. Students will
work directly with a faculty adviser to develop a project and the adviser
will supervise the project.
The grading system for the project is Pass/No Pass. Students who receive a grade of Pass will be allowed
to graduate assuming all other requirements are met.
Full-time students in the Applied Sociology MA program pay a $39
equipment fee each semester that they are enrolled. Part-time students pay
$19.50 per semester.