M.A. in Sociology

The Program

Graduates who are interested in furthering their understanding of, and ability to, analyze social phenomena will find the UNC’s Master of Arts in Sociology relevant. Assist in identifying and overcoming barriers within organizations and help the organizations achieve their goals. They will also be able to assess and make reasonable projections concerning social costs and benefits resulting from local, regional and national policies aimed at meeting community or organizational needs. Student inquiring at graduate booth at graduate day

Our students include employees in both public and private social service agencies as well as those interested in these types of careers or in continuing on to a Ph.D. in another program.

The UNC Catalog has a full description of the requirements for this degree.

Prepare for a Varied and Changing Future

The work you do on your internship and the closely related research project will prepare you for an administrative position in a non-profit or governmental organization. Various human service organizations dealing with families and children, the aged, crime and justice, community planning, housing, domestic violence and social policy research are targets for graduates of this master’s program. Because the degree is very general, you must decide where to specialize through the internship and research project. The broad degree allows for changes in emphasis later in your career.

Learn to Be a Practicing Social Scientist.

The skills emphasized in this program include interpreting and analyzing social problems from older lady feeding birdesa sociological perspective. You will learn analytical skills as well as grant writing and administration. The emphasis is on the analytical ability to assess problems and organizations in a broad societal context.

The Admissions Process

You must be admitted by both our Graduate School and the master’s in Sociological Practice program. Consult the Graduate School Admissions Instructions for complete details, including how to register online.

The sociology program has a continuous admission policy throughout the year as long as space is available. However, if you need financial assistance, you typically must apply for it by March 1.

Financial Aid for Graduate Students In Sociological Practice

The sociology program offers a limited number of tuition fellowships and merit-based awards. We also have teaching assistantships available for students who have previously enrolled in a college teaching practicum that is offered in the program. Students are not eligible for a teaching assistantship until their second semester in residence unless they have previous teaching experience at the post-secondary level. Teaching assistantships include tuition assistance and a semester stipend paid by the month. For information about grants, loans, employment, scholarships and veterans’ benefits, contact the Office of Financial Aid.


Listed below are current Graduate Assistantships for which applications are being accepted. Postings will be listed October 1st for Spring semesters and April 1st for Fall semesters. Deadlines for Spring semester are October 15th and for Fall semester April 15th.

Sociology Graduate Assistantship Application

Graduate Assistantship Postings


The sociology program’s greatest strength is its faculty. The faculty members represent a variety of theoretical perspectives, areas of interest and professional experience. Some faculty members have worked in human service type positions and some have done considerable consulting and research for such agencies. There are faculty whose primary emphasis is at the macro-level and others whose emphasis is primarily at the micro-level. The sociology faculty members are also distinguished by their teaching and research. Faculty members have published a number of academic and professional texts as well as authored a variety of scholarly journal articles and conference papers. In addition, a number of faculty members have won teaching and curriculum wards.

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