University of Montana Catalog 2023-2024

Sociology M.A. - Inequality and Social Justice


Degree Specific Credits: 30

Required Cumulative GPA: 3.0

  • Graduate students must have previously taken or plan to take SOCI 455 or an equivalent.
  • At least half of all credits earned must be at the 500-level; however, with a few exceptions, 400-level courses may also be applied to the graduate degree. All undergraduate courses taken for graduate credit require a graduate increment consisting of additional reading or writing. 400-level courses that have been approved to be offered for graduate credits have the words "Level: Undergraduate-Graduate" in their course descriptions. 
  • Students in the graduate program can pursue either a thesis option or an applied sociological experience option:
    • Students interested in the thesis option must complete 30 credits. A minimum of three of these credits (and a maximum of six) will be in SOCI 599. A thesis is an original, in-depth study of a social phenomenon, in which the student makes clear linkages between sociological theory, data collection and/or analysis, and research findings.
    • Students interested in the applied experience option must complete 30 credits, six of which must be in SOCI 598. Students who select this option will complete a year-long internship and will engage in extensive written reflection about that experience under the supervision of a faculty member.
    • Students will formally express interest in one of these two options during the spring semester of their first year. Students interested in the thesis option will submit a brief proposal for their project. The Sociology faculty will review all thesis proposals, select a sub-set of proposals to support, and assign a faculty mentor to each selected project. Students interested in the applied sociological experience option will work with their faculty advisor to select several appropriate field sites for their applied experience and will apply for internships at that site. During their second year, these students will work with the faculty member supervising the department’s internship course to develop and complete an extensive written reflection about their applied experience.

Course Requirements

Qualitative Methods3
Complete one of the following courses:
Qualitative Methods
Qualitative Research Methods
Quantitative Methods3
Complete one of the following courses:
Quantitative Methods
Social Data Analysis
Writing-Intensive Course3
Complete one of the following courses:
Victims and Society
Seminar in Crime & Deviance
Writing for Sociology
Contemporary Social Theory
Seminar in Crime & Deviance
Inequality and Social Justice Course3
Complete any graduate-level course approved by ISJ committee (need not be in Sociology)
Thesis or Applied Experience18
Complete the following courses for the thesis option:
12-15 credits in graduate-level Sociology (SOCI) courses.
Thesis (3-6 credits)
Complete the following course for the applied experience option:
12 credits in graduate-level Sociology (SOCI) courses.
Internship (6 credits)
Total Hours30

Minimum Required Grade: C