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Applied Sociology

The Master of Arts degree in Applied Sociology is just one of the 60 master's programs available at Old Dominion. There are currently about 35 graduate students pursuing their post-graduate work in the program. Students hail from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and ages.

The M.A. degree may serve as professional training for students seeking employment in federal, state, and local government agencies or in private-sector organizations. In addition, the M.A. program provides excellent academic training in the fundamentals of sociology for students who wish to pursue a Ph.D. in the social sciences. The program provides students with training in theory and methods, as well as opportunities to participate in three areas of specialization: general sociology, criminal justice, and women's studies.

All students must complete 36 hours of course work including five required core courses (15 credit hours) in approximately the following order: SOC 610, 620, 630, 640, and 650. Each student must complete a thesis (six credit hours), which will be supervised by a faculty committee.

Admission & Requirements
M.A. Applied Sociology Handbook

Thesis Information

Writing a thesis is the student's chance to demonstrate that s/he is able to complete a research project. Completion and defense of the thesis is the last step in the Masters Program.

Below are links to information that students need to complete their thesis.

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