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The Department of Sociology offers a full M.A. program with requirements of theory and methods and a broad range of electives. Two program tracks offer the student maximum flexibility in pursuing academic and career goals. The general M.A., which includes a thesis requirement, is designed for those who are interested in pursuing a general education in sociology as well as developing research skills and those considering the pursuit of a PhD. in sociology in the future. The M.A. with applied emphasis is designed for students who wish to relate a general graduate education in sociology with more specific skills or substantive interests. Rather than writing a thesis, an additional six hours of coursework is coordinated with the student's advisor to provide an individualized program of study. The coursework may include classes in other graduate programs such as public administration, education and criminal justice. All course work for the Master of Arts degree in sociology may be taken on the Colorado Springs campus, although students may, at their option, take up to 8 credits of appropriate and approved courses at the Denver or Boulder campuses. Admission to the M.A. program at Colorado Springs, however, does not relate to admission to the graduate programs at Denver and Boulder.


Application for admission is made online.
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Fall application deadline is Feb 1 for fellowship consideration and June 15th if not.
Spring application deadline is December 1. 

Students are required to submit a complete application by the deadline dates.  A complete application includes an application, letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, and transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended by the student.  If an applicant does not have a complete application submitted by the deadline date, their application will not be considered for admission.  It is the applicants responsibility to contact the UCCS Sociology program to determine if a conmplete application in on file.

Admission as a Regular Degree Student:

To be admitted as a regular degree student, an applicant must have:

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university or have completed work equivalent for such a degree and equivalent to the degree given at this University
  • An undergraduate overall grade-point average of at least 3.00*
  • Adequate preparation to begin graduate study in sociology
  • Show promise for advanced study and research, as judged by the applicant's previous scholastic record
  • Applicants with lower GPA may be considered with strong Graduate Record Exam scores.  The GRE exam is not required otherwise.

Application Process

Statement of Purpose

As part of the application process students are required to write a statement of purpose.  It is required that the statement of puropse have one inch margins, double spaced, 12 inch font and be at least two pages long.  Students should strive to write a persuasive statement of purpose that makes an argument that the applicant is an ideal candidate for the UCCS Sociology program.  The following are suggested content:  the statement might identify why an applicant desires to study Sociology and explain which areas (theory, research methods, or substantive areas) they want to focus their studies.  The doucment could also show how achieving an MA degree for the UCCS Sociology program fits with personal and professional goals.  An applicant may also identify which faculty they would want to take courses from and explain why.  If a potential student is interested in developing research skills to become a stronger Ph.D. applicant, they could identify which faculty they want to work with.

Admission as a Provisional Degree Student

An applicant who does not meet the minimum requirements for admission as a regular degree student may be admitted a provisional. To convert to regular degree status,  the student may be required to complete courses to make up deficiencies and/or demonstrate the ability to successfully perform graduate work.

Course Load Policy

To help ensure the success of graduate students, the UCCS Sociology Department requires students enroll in no more than ten (10) credit hourse per semester.  Students who desire to take more than ten (10) credit hours will need to meet with the Graduate Director for approval.


No more than eight (8) semester hours from other accredited institutions or in non-degree coursework may be transferred toward the master's degree in Sociology at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.  All transfer credits must be cognate to Sociology and approved by the Sociology Department and the Graduate School by the beginning of the semester prior to that in which the student will graduate.  All transfer credit hours must be graduate credit hours and completed within six years of the start of course work.  If a student completes a graduate course at another institution and wants to transfer the credits into the UCCS Sociology program, the course term for the transfer credits at the other institution is considered the start date of course work.  Work done earlier will not be accepted for the degree unless validated by a special examination covering the content areas of the course.

Plagiarism Policy

According to the UCCS LAS Plagiarism Policy, plagiarism is the use of distinctive ideas or words belonging to another person, without adequately acknowledging that person's contribution.  If a graduate student is caught plagiarizing, on the first offense, the profesor has the discretion to either ask the student to rewrite the paper or automatically assign zero points for the assignment.  On the second offense, the professor will automatically assign zero points for the assignments and report the student to the LAS Dean.  A third offense of plagiarism will result in the student being expelled from the graduate sociology program.



B.A. from the UCCS Sociology department, with a minimum GPA of 3.25 overall, and 3.33 in the Sociology major.  Admission is guaranteed pending review of application by departmental faculty.  No letters of recommendation are required, and the GRE requirement is waived.


This admissions program is for former undergraduate students that have graduated from UCCS with a degree in Sociology no more than four years prior to the time of application to the graduate program. While admission is not guaranteed, the requirements are the same as regular degree admission with the three letters or recommendations waived.


The traditional MA program in Sociology is designed to allow completion in one year (fall, spring and summer semesters) of full-time study by those who have a strong background in Sociology.  The possibility of completing the MA degree with only a fifth year of study is enhanced for students who complete appropriate graduate level courses while an undergraduate, if these courses are not counted toward the total number of hours required for completing the BA degree.  Students may apply for up to eight hours of such course work to be counted toward fulfilling the MA requirements, in much the same manner as graduate credits earned in graduate programs in other departments may be transferred toward the MA degree in sociology.


A limited number of graduate assistant-ships for new and continuing students are available from the Sociology Department.  These are awarded on the basis of both need and merit in compensation for assisting with departmental programs of instruction and research.  Contact the Sociology Office for application forms and deadlines.  Additional support in terms of financial aid and scholarship be available from the Graduate School

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