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Sociology, M.A.

College of Arts and Sciences

Become a well-trained social scientist able to conduct innovative research, understand and model human behavior in a variety of professional settings and teach with excellence.

Our sociology master's program offers close research mentorship from diverse and highly qualified faculty members in four main areas: social networks, social psychology, health and well-being, and inequalities. We offer a warm and supportive environment in which to develop your skills and scholarly publications.

Program Highlights

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    In-Depth Study

    Engage in rigorous academic study in a productive department while developing a foundation in social scientific theory.

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    Data Analysis

    Develop concrete skills in quantitative and qualitative research methods suited for a variety of jobs.

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    Marketable Skills

    Hone your written and verbal communication skills, which are sought after in many workplaces.

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    Valuable Impact

    Define and study social problems, identify structural factors that contribute to outcomes, and analyze connections.

What You’ll Study

Study and apply the components of key theoretical explanations based on classical and contemporary theorists. Utilize statistical tools and methodologies, including descriptive and inferential statistics, statistical analysis packages and sampling procedures. Conduct, complete and present a research project to a professional audience as a required thesis.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Data Analysis

    Examining and interpreting information to uncover insights and inform decision making

    Public Speaking

    Delivering a message or presentation to an audience effectively and persuasively


    Gathering and analyzing information to increase knowledge or solve problems

  • Writing

    Creating professional written content for inclusion in scholarly journal articles, books and reports

    Attention to Detail

    Being meticulous and thorough in all aspects of a task or project

    Problem Solving

    Identifying, analyzing and resolving problems or challenges using creative and effective strategies

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • Educator
  • Research Scientist
  • Social Worker
  • User Experience Researcher
  • Market Researcher

Workplace Settings

  • Academia
  • Research
  • Government
  • Private Industry
  • Technology
  • Social Media

Advanced Degrees

Advance your career or options with post-graduate education.

Is USC Right For You?

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