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"IF WE COULD FIRST LEARN WHERE WE ARE AND WHERE WE ARE GOING, WE WOULD BE BETTER ABLE TO JUDGE WHAT TO DO AND HOW TO DO IT."

ABRAHAM LINCOLN

Master of Sociology (MA, MS)

School of Social and Human Studies
Atlantic International University


The Master of Sociology (MA, MS) program objective is to help students develop professionally by employing analytical and research skills through the use of research methods, research experience, and analytical skills necessary for the employment in government, nonprofit, and corporate organizations. The Master of Sociology program is offered online via distance learning. After evaluating both academic record and life experience, AIU staff working in conjunction with Faculty and Academic Advisors will assist students in setting up a custom-made program, designed on an individual basis. This flexibility to meet student needs is seldom found in other distance learning programs. Our online program does not require all students to take the same subjects/courses, use the same books, or learning materials. Instead, the online Master of Sociology curriculum is designed individually by the student and academic advisor. It specifically addresses strengths and weaknesses with respect to market opportunities in the student’s major and intended field of work. Understanding that industry and geographic factors should influence the content of the curriculum instead of a standardized one-fits-all design is the hallmark of AIU’s unique approach to adult education. This philosophy addresses the dynamic and constantly changing environment of working professionals by helping adult students in reaching their professional and personal goals within the scope of the degree program.

Important: Below is an example of the topics or areas you may develop and work on during your studies. By no means is it a complete or required list as AIU programs do not follow a standardized curriculum. It is meant solely as a reference point and example. Want to learn more about the curriculum design at AIU? (Course and Curriculum)


Core Courses and Topics in Sociology:

Introduction to Social Movements
Large Scale Organizations
Sociology of Occupations
Urban Sociology
Social Inequality and Education
History and Philosophy of Education
20th Century Educational Thought
Race and Ethnicity
Diversity in Higher Education
Sociology of Sex and Gender
Sociology of the Family
Sexual Identities Across the Life-span
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered People Perspectives
Comparative Studies of Socialization
Quantitative Methods
Regression and Multivariate Data Analysis
Policy Issues in Primary and Secondary Education
Economics of Educational Policy and Finance
Contemporary Sociological Theory
Social Stratification and Inequality
Public Policy
Demographic Analysis
Evaluation of Educational Programs
Urban Poverty
Race and Class in American Cities

Orientation Courses:

  • Communication & Investigation (Comprehensive Resume)
  • Organization Theory (Portfolio)
  • Experiential Learning (Autobiography)
  • Academic Evaluation (Questionnaire)   
  • Fundament of Knowledge (Integration Chart)   
  • Fundamental Principles I  (Philosophy of Education)
  • Professional Evaluation (Self Evaluation Matrix)    
  • Development of Graduate Study (Guarantee of an Academic Degree) 


Research Project in Sociology:

Masters Thesis Project
MBM300 Thesis Proposal
MBM302 Master Thesis (7,500 words)
Publication: Each Master of Sociology graduate is encouraged to publish their research papers either online in the public domain or through professional journals and periodicals worldwide.

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