Sociology Graduate Admissions

Admission Requirements

The Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice admits applicants to the program with previous academic preparation in general education, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences and who demonstrate a promise of completion of studies leading to the Master of Arts degree.  Candidates seeking admission into Master’s program in Criminal Justice or Sociology must meet the general requirements of the university and of the School of Arts and Sciences.  The potential student must have taken the Graduate Record Examination, meet the general requirements of the University and of the School of Arts and Sciences Examination Aptitude Test, and should have a broadly based background in the social and behavioral sciences.  The applicant must have a grade point average of 2.75 or higher at the undergraduate level. At the discretion of the Department (i.e., concurrence of advisor and Chairperson), deficiencies in some of the above areas may be removed by taking required prerequisite courses at the beginning of the graduate program.

Degree Requirements

In addition to the general requirements of Clark Atlanta University, a candidate for the degree of Master of Arts in Sociology must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of course work in sociology, which may include departmentally approved courses in related disciplines.

Included in the 30 hours are required core courses (18 hours):

  • CSCJ 501 Sociological Theories
  • CSCJ 502 Criminological Theories
  • CSCJ 503 Research Methods I
  • CSCJ 504 Research Methods II
  • CSCJ 505 Statistics I
  • CSCJ 603 Statistics II

A minimum of nine (9) hours of course work from the following electives:

  • CSCJ 520 Urban Society and Culture
  • CSCJ 521 Population and Society
  • CSCJ 531 Social Psychology
  • CSCJ 553 Criminology and the Criminal Justice System
  • CSCJ 555 Medical Sociology
  • CSCJ 559 Deviant Behavior
  • CSCJ 562 Social Stratification
  • CSCJ 563 The Family
  • CSCJ 564 Gender Roles and Society
  • CSCJ 565 Sociology of Education
  • CSCJ 575 Cultural and Social Anthropology
  • CSCJ 579 Cultural and Ethnic Relations
  • CSCJ 580 Environmental Racism
  • CSCJ 587 Urban Ethnography

Passing of a reading examination in French, German, or Spanish; or passing a noncredit course in computer science (MAT 503).

The satisfactory completion and defense of a thesis [CSCJ 805; three (3) semester hours]


The satisfactory completion of a practicum [CSCJ 519; three (3) semester hours] with an assigned agency for a minimum total of 480 hours AND passing a written comprehensive examination consisting of Sociological/Criminological Theories and Research Methods.

*A passing evaluation of this examination must be obtained within three (3) attempts. The student must have completed a minimum of twenty-seven (27) semester hours and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 before receiving eligibility to take the examination.

Note: The following courses consisting of fifteen (15) semester hours must be among the twenty-seven (27) completed hours for examination eligibility:

CSCJ 501 Sociological Theories
CSCJ 502 Criminological Theories
CSCJ 503 Research Methods I
CSCJ 504 Research Methods II
CSCJ 505 Statistics I
CSCJ 603 Statistics II

Ideally, the student's first and third semesters are fall semesters. The second and fourth semesters are spring semesters. Given that certain courses are only taught during certain semesters, the suggested sequence of courses has been constructed with this in mind. If a student enters into the master's program in a semester other than the fall, he/she must be aware that some courses may have prerequisites. Therefore, the prerequisite must be completed (which may be the next year) before the course currently offered can be taken. Also, students with conditional admission may not be able to complete all course requirements in four semesters because of the contingency requirements (usually developmental courses).