Completion of the MA degree requires a minimum of 30 units of approved course work. All students are required to take SOC 656: Sociological Theory, SOC 670: Sociological Practice and SOC 696: Research Methods, and complete 9 units in one of the two concentrations: Sociology of Health and Medicine, or Community Development and Social Change. In addition, students must complete the 3 unit SOC 695 internship, 6 units in an applied skills cluster, and a 3 unit capstone course.
Advancement to Candidacy: Prerequisites
In order to be eligible to complete the capstone requirement and advance to candidacy for the MA degree, students must:
- Satisfy the general University requirements for Advancement to Candidacy.
- Receive a “B” or better in the three Core courses: SOC 656, SOC 670 and SOC 696..
- Earn at least a 3.0 (B) average in: (a) all 500- and 600-level graduate seminars; and (b) all course work taken as a graduate student at this university as well as in transfer credits used to satisfy degree requirements.
- Be enrolled at CSULB during the semester in which the advancement takes place.
- Fulfill the Graduate Writing Proficiency Examination (“GWAR”) requirement.
Advancing to Candidacy
1. After all of the requirements listed above have been satisfied, students must submit an Advancement to Candidacy Form. The completed form must be approved by both the Department of Sociology (student and the program advisors) and the Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts. Please note: Any changes to the Plan of Study outlined in the Advancement to Candidacy Form will require the student to submit a “Change in Program Form” approved by the Department of Sociology (student and program advisor) and the Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts (forms are available on the M.A. webpage).
2. Advancement to candidacy must take place at least one semester before graduation. It is recommended that students advance to candidacy around the beginning of their second year of graduate school, if possible, in order to avoid a delay in graduation.
3. Once a student’s Advancement to Candidacy Form has been approved, he/she will receive a letter from the Associate Dean of the College indicating the semester he/she was advanced to candidacy.
Note: Students must advance to candidacy before they enroll in SOC 698 (Thesis) or complete the comprehensive exam.
Students must complete one of the following requirements:
- A comprehensive examination in the areas of theory, applied research methods, and substantive issues in their concentration;
- A thesis.
Students choosing the comprehensive examination option will enroll in SOC 697 and earn three units of credit, while those writing a thesis will be granted three units of credit for SOC 698.