Students must select one of the following capstone experiences: comprehensive examination, special project or thesis. To ensure adequate preparation and time, students should make their capstone selection, in consultation with the Graduate Coordinator, upon completing their first 18 credits in the program. To ensure timely graduation, the capstone approval form must be submitted to the Graduate School of Research and Innovation (GSRI) by their identified deadline in the graduation semester. GSRI capstone information can be found here:
Requires 30 graduate credits (9 credits from Core Course Requirement and 21 credits from Electives) and passing a comprehensive examination covering research methods, social theory and social justice. The comprehensive examination will be administered by the Sociology Department Graduate Advisory Committee each semester.
Special Project SOC 600 - Directed Independent Study and Research – 3 credits
Requires 27 credits (9 credits from Core Course Requirement and 18 credits from Electives) of approved course work and successful completion of a special project (3-credits) for a total of 30 credits. Special projects will be conducted under the supervision of an approved department faculty advisor and committee.
- SOC 590 - Thesis Proposal in Sociology – 3 credits
- SOC 591 - Thesis Research in Sociology – 3 credits
Requires 24 graduate credits (9 credits from Core Course Requirements and 15 credits from Electives) and successful completion of a thesis (6 credits) for a total of 30 credits. Thesis will be conducted under the supervision of an approved department faculty advisor and committee.
M.S. Sociology Thesis Progress Report (due February 1 and November 1 for active thesis students)