Sociology MS

Program Purpose


The program objective for the Sociology Master of Science degree is to produce graduates who have the following characteristics:

These objectives are particularly suited for students who plan to become social researchers and analysts, who plan to pursue a Ph.D. in sociology or a related field, who plan to pursue a professional degree (such as a J.D. or an M.B.A.), or who plan to teach sociology at a community college level.

Curricular Structure

Graduate Catalog

Learning Outcomes


Sociology Fundamentals and Specialization

Graduates will have a broad understanding of sociology as a discipline and a deeper understanding of at least one substantive area within sociology.

Courses that Contribute: SFL 333 SOC 455R SOC 456R SOC 524 SOC 527 SOC 528 SOC 565 SOC 590R SOC 595R SOC 598R SOC 604 SOC 608 SOC 620 SOC 621 SOC 625R SOC 660 SOC 667 SOC 670 SOC 681R SOC 697R SOC 699R
Linked to BYU Aims: Think soundly, Human knowledge
Sociological Theory

Graduates will be conversant in sociological theory, sufficient to participate meaningfully in current theoretical debates.

Courses that Contribute: SFL 333 SOC 310 SOC 455R SOC 456R SOC 524 SOC 527 SOC 528 SOC 565 SOC 590R SOC 595R SOC 620 SOC 621 SOC 625R SOC 660 SOC 667 SOC 670 SOC 681R SOC 697R SOC 699R
Linked to BYU Aims: Communicate effectively, Human knowledge
Research Design and Reporting

Graduates will be able to design and conduct sociological research.

Courses that Contribute: SFL 333 SOC 455R SOC 456R SOC 524 SOC 527 SOC 528 SOC 565 SOC 590R SOC 595R SOC 603R SOC 604 SOC 608 SOC 620 SOC 621 SOC 625R SOC 660 SOC 667 SOC 670 SOC 681R SOC 697R SOC 699R
Linked to BYU Aims: Human knowledge, Competence
Effective Communication

Graduates will be able to present original sociological research or theory for a scholarly audience, both orally and in writing.

Courses that Contribute: SFL 333 SOC 455R SOC 456R SOC 524 SOC 527 SOC 528 SOC 565 SOC 590R SOC 595R SOC 598R SOC 603R SOC 604 SOC 620 SOC 621 SOC 625R SOC 660 SOC 667 SOC 670 SOC 681R SOC 697R SOC 699R
Linked to BYU Aims: Think soundly, Communicate effectively

Evidence of Learning


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Indirect Measures

Learning and Teaching Assessment and Improvement