Online Applied Option

Students interested in the Online Applied Option should be aware that the courses focus on the study of digital sociology. More information will be found on the Digital Sociology home page. Students in the Online Applied Option complete the same curricular requirements as do on-campus applied option students (see the VCU Graduate Bulletin for details). However, all courses are offered fully online, and students are not required to come to the VCU campus at any time during their studies. Students who wish to participate in the Online Applied Option must enroll in the program at the beginning of their graduate work and remain in the program until completion of the degree.

The goals of both the on-campus and online Applied Sociology options are to provide students with:

  • a sophisticated understanding of sociological concepts and theories,
  • facility in the use of sociological research methods and,
  • the ability to apply sociological methods and theory to their current or desired areas of professional interest.

Students interested in enrolling the online option should apply to the VCU Sociology M.S. program on the VCU Graduate Admissions website.  Prospective students should indicate their interest in the Online Applied Option 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.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Tara Stamm (, the Graduate Faculty Advisor for online students.

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