Graduate Program

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Whether you’re interested in teaching, research, or deepening your understanding of sociological issues, the Sociology Graduate Program at Virginia Commonwealth University is tailored to equip you with critical skills for any path you want to pursue. We offer two versions of the Master's of Science degree, defined by the skills and competencies students seek to develop during their graduate work.  All courses offered are fully online beginning the Fall 2022, and students are not required to come to the VCU campus at any time during their studies.

Sociology, Master of Science (M.S.)

The M.S. in Sociology facilitates the development of theoretical, methodological and substantive competence appropriate for students’ interests and career goals. In keeping with VCU’s role as an urban institution, the program focuses are informed by the expertise of its resident faculty, including, but not limited to: anti-racism, public sociology, inequality, social problems, policy alternatives and strategies for change.

Sociology, Master of Science (M.S.) with a Concentration in Digital Sociology

The M.S in Sociology with Concentration in Digital Sociology is a first-of-its-kind. More information will be found on the Digital Sociology home page. Students in the Digital Sociology Concentration complete the same curricular requirements as Master of Sociology do. All courses offered are fully online beginning the Fall 2022, and students are not required to come to the VCU campus at any time during their studies. Students who wish to participate in the Digital Sociology Concentration should enroll in the program at the beginning of their graduate work and remain in the program until completion of the degree.

Students interested in enrolling the Digital Sociology Concentration should apply to the VCU Sociology M.S. program on the VCU Graduate Admissions website.  Prospective students should indicate their interest in the Digital Sociology Concentration on the application form and in their essay/personal statement. Admitted students will be given an orientation to the technologies and processes used in the program. Emphasis is on use of open (free) technologies and minimal equipment.

Ready to apply to the sociology master’s program? Begin your application via the link below! You can find detailed instructions on how to apply at the VCU Graduate Admissions website. In addition to the materials required by graduate admissions (transcripts, application, and application fee), the Department of Sociology also requires a personal statement, a writing sample, and three letters of recommendation. 

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Contact us

Meredith Katz, Ph.D.
Graduate program director
Phone: (804) 828-4028

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