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Master of Arts Applied Sociology

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About the Master of Arts in Applied Sociology Program

UIndy's Master of Arts in Applied Sociology program provides students with the critical thinking and research skills needed in today's ever changing world. It emphasizes the practical application of social science research in solving contemporary social problems, and helps students develop skills that can be used in a variety of organizations. Our program also provides strong foundation work for PhD programs.

Program strengths

  • Cross culture comparative studies
  • Small classes and individualized instruction
  • Flexible class scheduling and evening courses
  • Practicum opportunities (field placement)
  • Integration of pure and applied science
  • Practicing professionals as adjunct faculty and guest lecturers
  • Modern laboratory, research and library facilities
  • Extensive computer facilities available
  • Personalized supervision and accessible faculty
  • Interactive learning opportunities
“As a business owner and organizational leader, I have the opportunity to mentor and influence numerous employees and others with whom I come in contact. The understanding of social systems, classical and contemporary theory, social research methods, and especially community leadership has made me a better communicator, able to reach people where they are and in a way that they understand.”
Jason Ward


Self-paced—with guidance from an advisor, students choose when and how many classes to take at a time.

Program length

The MA in Sociology program is 36 credit hours. All courses are three credit hours, so the length of the program depends on how many courses you take at a time. The 36-credit-hour total includes both required and elective courses.


The curriculum offers a strong background in social theory and sociological research methods, while concentrations and electives help students apply theory and methods or develop expertise in specific areas. Many courses also promote cross-cultural and global understanding. See complete curriculum details ►

Thesis & non-thesis options

You can choose either a thesis or non-thesis option to complete the program. Both options include 18 credit hours of required courses (including six hours of practicum) and completion of a concentration. The thesis option offers three credit hours each for your thesis proposal and thesis. In the non-thesis option, those six credit hours are completed through elective courses.


You must choose from one of the following applied sociology concentrations:

  • Community leadership
  • Applied research & evaluation
  • Teaching college sociology

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“I had the opportunity to travel to Belize to conduct oral histories at the Belize Central Prison. I have worked in a prison in Indianapolis for several years, so I was very interested to see what a prison in another country was like. I was able to speak with current prison staff on their experiences working there. It was a great experience that has helped me learn more about the research process and develop better interviewing skills. I also gained a more culturally diverse worldview.”
Amy Yonan

Class times & location

Most courses meet on weekday evenings, either on the UIndy campus or at the Wheeler Arts Center in Fountain Square, just three miles north of campus.


Tuition is $508/credit hour for the 2017-18 academic year. Students purchase or rent their own books and course materials for each class.
Get information about financial aid for graduate students ►

When can I start?

Classes run on a regular semester schedule. Students can begin the program in August, January, or May. The deadline for completed applications for Semester I (Fall 2016) admission is July 15. For Semester II (Spring 2017) admission, the deadline to apply is November 1. Priority consideration will be given to applications submitted by these dates; however, applications submitted after the deadline will be considered for available openings in the program. Students must meet or exceed all admission requirements and be accepted into the program before enrolling in classes.