University of Montana Catalog 2023-2024

Sociology M.A. - Inequality and Social Justice

Master of Arts - Sociology; Inequality and Social Justice Concentration


Core Courses15
Additional Requirements6
Total Hours30

Degree Specific Credits: 30

Required Cumulative GPA: 3.0


  • At least half of all credits earned must be at the 500-level; however, with few exceptions, 300 and 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.
  • 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 SOCI 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
  • Graduate students must have previously taken or plan to take SOCI 455 or an equivalent.


Core Courses
Complete one of the following courses:3
Writing for Sociology
Contemporary Social Theory
Seminar in Crime & Deviance
Complete all of the following courses:
SOCI 545Seminar in Inequality & Social Justice3
SOCI 561Qualitative Methods3
SOCI 562Quantitative Methods3
Any 500 level course approved by ISJ committee (need not be in Sociology)3
Additional Requirements
Complete one of the following:6
Complete the following course for the thesis option:
Thesis/Professional Paper
Complete the following course for the applied experience option:
Sociology Internship
Total Hours21

Minimum Required Grade: C