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The master's degree program in Sociology at MTSU effectively prepares graduates that intend to pursue further, doctoral-level academic study or seek employment in non-academic and applied settings in the public, private, and non-profit economic sectors. With relatively small classes, a low student-faculty ratio, and ample funding opportunities, the program offers students quality interaction with award-winning faculty, along with opportunities to collaborate on presentation and publication of academic and applied research. Specialized training and experience are available in public/applied sociology, criminology/deviance, medical sociology, research methods, sex/gender, social gerontology, and work and organizations, among other areas. The program supports a large proportion of full- and part-time students, and offers competitive funding opportunities to support tuition, travel, and research.
MTSU students on the academic track receive the research and theoretical training necessary to become successful doctoral students and have a high rate of acceptance at various doctoral programs. Students on the applied track have graduated to direct state agencies and multi-million dollar federal programs; serve as federal, state, and local investigators, researchers, and consultants; and coordinate or participate in a variety of university, non-profit, and social service programs. Potential professions, some of which may require additional training, include:

College professor/high school teacher
Community developer
Director of research
Human resource manager
Policy analyst
Program director in social service agency
Program manager
Research analyst
Survey researcher
Urban planner

Employers of MTSU alumni include:

Centerstone Behavioral Health Services
Early Connections Network, Tennessee Voices for Children
Edvantia Educational Research
Forensic Institute for Research & Education
Nashville Metro Transit Authority
National Opinion Research Center, University of Chicago
Populations Study Center, University of Michigan
Tennessee Housing Development Agency
US Department of Labor

Among universities admitting graduates for advanced degrees or hiring to fill positions are:

Bowling Green State University
Georgia State University
Florida State University
Jacksonville State University
North Carolina State University
Oklahoma State University
Tulane University
University of Baltimore School of Law
University of Central Florida
University of Florida
University of Iowa
University of Michigan
University of Minnesota
University of Northern Iowa
University of South Carolina
University of Southern California
University of Southern Illinois
University of Tennessee
University of Texas
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
Vanderbilt University





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