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M.S. in Sociology South Dakota State University


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Program Information

Masters students receive advanced training in theory, methods, and the practical application of sociological knowledge. At South Dakota State University, master’s students may choose from two academic tracks: thesis, and non-thesis options. Students traveling down the thesis and non-thesis tracks all take advanced courses in sociological theory and methods; only the details vary. Students opting for the applied option specialize in community development.

Core Requirements

SOC 501 - The Research Process Credits: 3

SOC 504 - Sociological Inquiry Credits: 3

SOC 590 - Seminar (COM) Credits: 1-3 (1 credit required) (Orientation)

SOC 707 - Sociological Practice and Public Policy Credits: 3

Select one of the following options

Option A - Thesis

SOC 798 - Thesis (COM) Credits: 1-7 (5 credits required)

SOC Electives Credits: 15

Option B - Research/Design Paper

SOC 788 - Master’s Research Problems/Projects (COM) Credits: 1-3 (3 credits required)

SOC Electives Credits: 19

Option C - Coursework Only

SOC Electives Credits: 25

Total Required Credits: 30 (Option A), 32 (Option B), 35 (Option C)

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study M.S. in Sociology.

Online/Distance with attendence (30 Credit Hours for Option A (Thesis), 32 Credit Hours for Option B (Research/Design Paper), 35 Credit Hours for Option C (Coursework Only))

Tuition fees

USD $465.80 per credit hour


13 Jan


South Dakota State University

1175 Medary Avenue,


South Dakota,

57006, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Student must have a bachelor's degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 to receive unconditional admission.

A minimum TOEFL score of 575 paper-based, 197 computer-based, or 90 Internet based, or IELTS score of 6.5.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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