The Master of Arts in Sociology is a 30-credit online degree program offered through the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics at Arizona State University.

ASU Online offers start dates every 7.5 weeks.
Multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year.
Required number of credits to complete this degree.

In this program you will obtain knowledge and skills to help individuals and families understand how social context affects their well-being. You will also learn about the factors that influence successful relationships and outcomes.

The MA in Sociology degree is ideal if you are seeking an applied practitioner approach to understanding critical 21st-century social issues. You will work with expert faculty who are experienced in teaching high-quality online courses, as well as directing your capstone project. Graduates of this program often enter careers in human, social and government agencies.

This is a non-thesis degree program focusing on practical application and does not require a GRE. You can complete the program in as little as 15-18 months, enabling you to enter the job market sooner.

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  • 20,000 enrolled students, 89 undergraduate majors, 134 graduate degrees and 22 interdisciplinary schools and departments
  • $115 million in research expenditures
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  • 306 Endowments
  • 12 Named Chairs
  • 14 Named Professorships
  • 1 Pulitzer Prize Winner
  • 1 MacArthur Fellow
  • 3 Nobel Laureates

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Graduates with an ASU Online Master of Art in Sociology have career opportunities illustrated in the following list. Career examples include but are not limited to:


Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree, in any field, from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00="A") in the last 60 hours of a student's first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00="A") in an applicable master's degree program. The most competitive applicants will have a GPA of 3.30 or higher.

All applicants must submit:

  1. Graduate admission application and application fee
  2. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework
  3. Current resume or curriculum vitae
  4. A personal statement of goals relevant to the master's degree program
  5. Two letters of recommendation from academic or professional backgrounds
  6. Proof of English proficiency

Additional Application Information

An applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency; required is a TOEFL score of at least 600.

The personal statement must be four to five pages long, double-spaced, and it should address the applicant's professional goals, applicant's strengths for success in the program, and any relevant professional experience or responsibilities that have been completed.

Letters of recommendation must be from at least two individuals with a professional or academic background and connection to the applicant. Family members and friends do not meet this criterion. Letters of recommendation will be received electronically.

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