Graduate Studies

Sociology at Texas A&M University-Kingsville is unique due to its academic and practical offerings, particularly in the graduate sociology program in the region. The Sociology Department is well established and it offers everything from a highly academic research approach to an interactive and practical approach. The faculty and courses represent various sociology sub-disciplines areas, as well as undergraduate and graduate research on various topics and problems.

Our program

Students can select from five plans to earn an M.A or M.S degree in Sociology. 

  • Plan I-A (with thesis, major, and supporting field): Students are required to complete 30 semester credit hours, which includes 18-24 semester hours (including 6 hours of  Thesis 5306 research) in a major subject area and 6 to 12 semester hours in a supporting field subject area. The supporting field may be divided into two subject areas with 6 semester hours in each.

  • Plan I-B (with thesis and major): Students are required to complete 30 semester credit hours with at least 24 semester hours and a 6 hour Thesis 5306 research in a major subject area. Only 3 semester hours of special problems courses (other than thesis course).

  • Plan II (with major and supporting field):  Students are required to take 36 semester credit hours which includes 21-24  semester hours in a major subject area and 12-15 semester hours in a supporting field subject area divided with at least 6 semester hours in each.

  • Plan III (with major and resource areas): Students are required to take 36 semester credit hours with at least 24 hours in a major subject area with a resource area, which consists of no more than 6 graduate hours in a concentrated area.

  • Course-Only Option: Students are required to take 36 semester credit hours with at least 24 hours in a major subject area.  Courses such as 5305 & 5306 cannot be used to fulfill the requirements in the course-only option.

Course Requirement Areas:

  • Theory, Methods, Data Analysis, and Social Organization

  • All other accepted graduate sociology courses may be used to fulfill the requirements.

 Admission requirements:  

  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.6 on a 4.0 scale.

  • The student must take the GRE before the 10th credit hours of Graduate Sociology classes.

  • GRE composite score of 285 (new scale).

 Financial Aid:

  •  Scholarships, grants, graduate assistants (GA), research assistants (RA), graduate teaching assistants (GTA)

Employment Opportunities:

Our graduates are accepted into nationally recognized doctoral and professionals schools and they are employed in almost every area of society such as industry, education, human sciences and resources, criminal justice, politics, etc.

This page was last updated on: February 23, 2016