Graduate Master's Program

A recent national survey of Master’s Programs rated our program one of the best in the nation.





General Sociology




Research Areas

The University of Arkansas Sociology Master’s Program has an exceptionally strong graduate faculty and a student to faculty ratio of four to one, permitting more individual interaction toward attaining the student’s goal.

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Graduate Assistant Benefits



Tuition Waiver



Monthly Stipend for 9 months



of our grad. students are awarded with teaching or research assistantships


Discount on
Health Insurance


In In addition to the scholarships and fellowships offered by the Graduate School, a number of graduate assistantships are available in the Department. Assistantships differ in terms of purpose and source of funds and therefore may have different assignments. Assistants spend 20 hours per week helping faculty members with research, teaching, and other tasks.  Assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis for a maximum of four semesters.

90% of the admitted students receive an assistantship, which pays a stipend ($12,600/9 months) and tuition.

Also, depending on fund availability, various research assistantships may be awarded to graduate students on a competitive basis. These are typically available through grant-related research assistantships, wherein faculty members who have received research grants require the assistance of a graduate student.  Graduate students awarded these assistantships are typically involved in the research projects conducted under the auspices of the Community and Family Institute (CFI) and The Terrorism Research Center.

Students must be admitted to the Graduate School before they can be considered for an assistantship.  An application packet for Graduate School Admission is available by mail or online:


Internship Opportunities

The faculty members involved in our graduate program are very dedicated to working with our graduate students. Many of our graduate students are involved in the research projects conducted under the auspices of

The Community and Family Institute (CFI)

The Terrorism Research Center

Application for Assitantship

Applied Practicum



Application Requirements

We are delighted that you are interested in graduate study in our department. Our M.A. program is student-centered and rigorous, designed to provide substantive depth and training in quantitative and qualitative research skills.The Graduate Committee considers a number of factors when admitting students to the program, including academic record, promise and commitment to graduate study. An application to our program consists of the following:

  1. At least two (preferably three) letters of recommendation from people who can judge the applicant's academic potential as a graduate student.
  2. A sample of written academic work (i.e., a research paper).
  3. One page statement in which the applicant discusses the educational objectives sought to accomplish by entering our graduate program.
  4. Recent GRE score.

Admissions applications are completed through the graduate school and all materials should be uploaded through the graduate school admissions portal. To be considered for admission to the M.A. program in Sociology, applicants must first be admitted to the Graduate School. You can apply online, or by contacting the Graduate School:  

Office of Graduate & International Admissions
340 N. Campus Drive
Gearhart Hall 213
1 University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701


February 1

Early admission and full consideration for assistantship (see below for assistantship information).

April 15

Regular admission deadline; assistantships may still be awarded under the regular admission deadline


Director of Graduate Studies,
Department of Sociology and Criminology





Post Graduation Pie Chart

The MA program is designed to be completed in two academic years. Our program prepares students future doctoral work in the best doctoral programs in sociology, and related disciplines, especially criminology. Our graduates have continued in doctoral programs at Duke University, the University of Maryland, University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin at Madison, Florida State University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Oregon, among others. Our students also continue their post MA education in the interdisciplinary Public Policy Ph.D. program at the University of Arkansas and professional programs, such as law.

Our graduates find employment as research specialists working for government and various NGOs, both in the United States and abroad. Many of our graduates work in the criminal justice system, community organizations, or teach at the community colleges, among many others.