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This archived information is dated to the 2010-11 academic year only and may no longer be current.

For currently applicable policies and information, see the current Stanford Bulletin.

Master of Arts for Current Graduate Students in Sociology

The M.A. degree in Sociology is available to current Ph.D. candidates in Sociology and to students in advanced degree programs (Ph.D., J.D., M.D.) from other Stanford departments and schools.

For the M.A. degree, students must complete a minimum of 45 units of Sociology course work with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B) or better. All 45 units must be taken in courses taught by Sociology faculty. Students must enroll in SOC course offerings; crosslisted offerings are not accepted. All courses must be taken for a letter grade if possible. Workshop, research, directed reading, and independent study units do not count towards the M.A.

University regulations pertaining to the M.A. are listed in the "Graduate Degrees" section of this bulletin.

Students who wish to engage in more in-depth study in a specific area may do so by focusing on course work within an area of study.

No thesis is required.

While formal application to the M.A. program is not required, applicants from outside of the Sociology department must submit to the Sociology student services office:

  1. a completed Graduate Authorization Petition form, available electronically through Axess for submission to the Office of the University Registrar
  2. a completed Program Proposal for an M.A. form
  3. a short statement of purpose

Sociology Ph.D.s typically receive their M.A. in their second or third year of graduate study. Interested students from other degree programs should visit the department's web site here at

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