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Master of Arts Applied Sociology

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MA in Applied Sociology Concentrations

You must choose one of three concentrations to complete the MA in Applied Sociology program:

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

You may also take courses in a second concentration for elective credit or complete two concentrations to further strengthen your knowledge and resume. For example, combining the teaching college sociology with the applied research & evaluation concentration would prepare you with the knowledge and skills to pursue a PhD, as well as obtain teaching assistantships (TAs) or research assistantships (RAs).

Community leadership

Students who complete the community leadership concentration tend to work in administrative positions for nonprofits, in macro-level community or social service agencies, in city planning or in other government agencies. Some of our graduates, for example, found jobs as executive or assistant directors, coordinators, community organizers or advocates at locations such as Christamore House (supporting low income families), IndyCan (working for immigrant justice), and HealthNet Homeless Initiative, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Community Hospital, Washington Township School System, and the Indianapolis Public School System.

Applied research & evaluation

Students who complete the applied research & evaluation concentration often work in professions that require them to use data collection and analysis skills to solve complex social problems. Past graduates have worked as analysts, statistical programmers, and in small business support at locations such as the City of Baltimore, City of Indianapolis, SmallBox (marketing and website support), inVentive (clinical health research firm), and the Indiana Department of Corrections. Other students have pursued PhD level study at universities such as Temple University, the University of Tennessee and Purdue University. 

Teaching college sociology

The teaching college sociology concentration prepares you to teach sociology courses in community colleges (including dual-credit high school courses) or part-time at universities. The concentration includes additional coursework in two key areas of sociology and social life: the family and work. It also provides supervised teaching experiences in which you plan and prepare lessons and units under the guidance of a sociology professor. Required courses provide a deep understanding of the theories and methods of the discipline and the broad array of areas sociologists study.