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The IUP Sociology master’s program offers a professional learning environment for how to evaluate and manage pressing contemporary issues, such as unemployment, family issues, addiction, and other social problems. Read more
The IUP Sociology master’s program offers a professional learning environment for how to evaluate and manage pressing contemporary issues, such as unemployment, family issues, addiction, and other social problems. With an applied focus, our program assists students to identify, analyze, and respond to interpersonal, organizational, and societal trends. Our core instruction on sociological theory, methods, and analysis prepares students for opportunities related to social research, doctoral studies, or teaching in the social sciences.

Students complete their studies through thesis and non-thesis options. Elective coursework includes internships and service learning opportunities. We prepare you for employment in government, human services, higher education, and social science research positions. Recent graduates have established careers in a variety of positions, such as researchers and directors in human services agencies.

WHY SOCIOLOGY AT IUP?

-Our courses primarily meet during evening hours, accommodating a variety of work schedules.
-You can progress as either a full-time or part-time student.
-The program focuses on public sociology; students engage in scholarship that is relevant to today’s world.
-A limited number of assistantships support students in their studies.

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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. Read more
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.

Career

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:

Attorney
College professor/high school teacher
Community developer
Consultant
Counselor
Criminologist
Demographer
Director of research
Gerontologist
Human resource manager
Policy analyst
Program director in social service agency
Program manager
Research analyst
Sociologist
Statistician
Survey researcher
Therapist
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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With more than 230 million global citizens living outside their home countries, international migration is one of the most critical issues facing the global community in the 21st century. Read more
With more than 230 million global citizens living outside their home countries, international migration is one of the most critical issues facing the global community in the 21st century. The challenges that these global citizens face are the focus of this master’s program, which prepares professionals to better the lives of migrants and refugees throughout the world.

Students study topics of global migration with top researchers, professors, project practitioners, and policy makers in the field of migration studies. The program includes an optional semester of study at Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. Graduates are prepared for careers in local, state and national governmental agencies; policy think tanks and policy and planning consulting firms; community-based non profits and non-governmental organizations; international agencies; advocacy and public interest organizations; philanthropic organizations and foundations; and other private-sector entities.

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