Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work

The Interdepartmental Master's Program


Studies may start during any term. Admission is based on the applicant's grade point average (GPA) and supporting materials (e.g. letters of recommendation). The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not mandatory, but applicant's may submit scores as part of supporting materials. In general, applicants are expected to have the equivalent of a 3.0 or higher overall GPA (on a 4.0 scale).

Degree Requirements

Students admitted to the program are required to complete SOCY 7000 (Advanced Sociological Theory), SOCY 7100 (Statistical Analysis of Survey, Aggregate and Large Data Sources),  RSOC 7700 (Research Methods in Sociology). Degree tracks include thesis (MS) and non-thesis (MA) options, consisting of 30 and 36 credit hours, respectively. The remainder of coursework is elective but must be determined in consultation with the student’s faculty advisory committee. Please refer to the program guide for more information.

Students entering without a BS or BA degree or requisite coursework in sociology may be required to take undergraduate courses in the core areas, such as theory, methods, and statistics. See the latest Auburn University Graduate Bulletin and consult with professors for information on requirements, majors, and courses.

Financial Aid

A variable number of Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs) and Graduate Research Assistantships (GRAs) are available on a competitive basis to support graduate students in the Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Sociology. Funding preference is given to students pursuing the thesis option. GTA positions are associated primarily with the Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Social Work (College of Liberal Arts) and involve working with faculty teaching in the undergraduate core curriculum. GRA positions are associated primarily with the Department of Agricultural Economics & Rural Sociology (College of Agriculture) and involve working with faculty conducting research on a variety of topics dealing with rural development. Contact the individual departments for more information.

Last Updated: August 12, 2021