Sociology MA

About the Master of Arts in Sociology at Loyola

From informing public policy to engaging communities, sociology plays a pivotal role in improving the world around us. Professionals with a background in sociology can contribute research that helps build social programs, advocate for policy changes, or teach the sociologists of tomorrow.

Whether you are a recent graduate of a bachelor's program or are currently working in a related field, earning your sociology master's degree at Loyola University Chicago will broaden your career opportunities—and allow you to make a positive social impact.

Program Structure

The sociology MA can be pursued full time or part time. Classes are held on weekday evenings and weekends at Loyola's Lake Shore Campus.

MA in Sociology Tracks

General Master of Arts in Sociology
Gain a broad foundation in general sociology and explore a field relevant to your career interests and goals. This track can prepare you for teaching, research, governmental work, or public service.

Applied Master of Arts in Sociology
Develop the research skills you need to help shape social policy and programs. This track places special emphasis on quantitative and qualitative research and how to apply it in organizations.

Are you a current Loyola undergrad?

This program is eligible for an Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's degree. Earn a Master’s with only one extra year of study following the completion of your eligible undergraduate degree.


Why Choose Loyola for Your Sociology MA?

At Loyola, you will receive a well-rounded education that prepares you for numerous careers. From the Chicago location to our long-standing record of placing master's in sociology students in jobs, you will benefit from the countless opportunities at Loyola.

A manageable sociology master's program

Complete Loyola's MA in Sociology in a year and a half as a full-time student, or take classes part time so you can keep working while you earn your degree. Our evening seminars accommodate working professionals like you.

Connect with faculty members and peers in courses with 15 students or less. Graduate seminars often feature even smaller class sizes with focused research topics.

Pursue your graduate education in a vibrant, culturally rich city. Chicago offers you an exciting place to live, along with numerous opportunities for jobs after earning your master's in sociology degree.

Expand your future opportunities with a sociology master's program that places equal emphasis on teaching and research, preparing you for jobs in various sectors, including academic, professional, nonprofit, and government.

Learn from faculty who are as committed to mentoring you as they are to their research interests. Loyola's expert faculty members are nationally respected, active scholars who also offer you individualized attention and an abundance of learning opportunities.

Hone your teaching and research skills in actual classrooms and through your thesis project or internship. Our sociology MA students have interned in a variety of settings, including criminal justice organizations, women's centers, government agencies, newspapers, and corporations.

Sociology Department

The Department of Sociology is a place for intellectual growth with a commitment to understanding and engaging in major societal challenges, and collegial fellowship.

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Meet the Faculty

Loyola is proud to have talented and nationally-recognized scholar-teachers as part of our diverse community of exceptional faculty, students and staff. Loyola faculty are known for their commitment to teaching, the dissemination of knowledge through innovative and interdisciplinary scholarly research, and a commitment to social justice and cura personalis, or care for the whole person. Visit the department faculty and staff directory to learn more about the teachers and mentors involved with the Sociology MA program.


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Curriculum and Program Outcomes

While courses for the Sociology MA program may vary from semester to semester, Loyola’s extensive Academic Catalog will always house the official listing of courses, programs of study, academic policies, degree requirements, and specialization or concentration options.

Additionally, this resource will provide Sociology MA learning outcomes, showcasing the commitment to specific skills and growth graduates can expect to achieve following completion of the program.

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Costs, Scholarships, and Aid

Loyola University Chicago is committed to making your graduate and professional studies a reality. Our Cost & Financial Aid page can help better inform you about the costs and potential funding opportunities through scholarships, loans, and aid for graduate and professional education.

If you are a current Loyola undergraduate or recent alum, you may be eligible for a Returning Rambler discount. Learn more and see if you qualify on our Returning Rambler Scholarship page.

Tuition and Costs

The estimated tuition and fees for the Sociology MA totals $34950.00, or 30 credit hours at a cost of $1,165.00 per credit hour. Please note that tuition and fees for all of Loyola's academic programs are subject to change.

For more detailed information about tuition and fees, and a breakdown of how these costs are calculated on a yearly basis, please visit Tuition and Fees from the Office of the Bursar.

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Application Process

Application Deadlines

The available start terms and corresponding application deadlines for the Sociology MA are listed below. Please keep in mind that both the application and the required materials must be submitted by the specified deadline.

Fall: June 1

Please note that decisions are typically delivered 2 weeks following the complete application submission.

Application Requirements

Application requirements for the Sociology MA include:

  • Official Transcripts

  • 2 Letters of Recommendation

  • Statement of Purpose

  • Writing Sample

Prerequisite Course Requirements

Students should have completed undergraduate courses in Introductory Sociology, Sociological Theory, and Research and Statistics. Exceptions may be made in certain cases - please contact the Graduate Program Director Marilyn Krogh at with any questions.

Statement of Purpose Details

Please write a brief statement describing your academic and research interests as well as your professional goals. Please note there is a writing sample requirement that needs to be completed in addition to this section.

Official Documents

Official transcripts are those that are sent directly by the college/university to Loyola University Chicago. Transcripts sent by the student to Loyola are considered unofficial documents, and while they may be utilized for initial review of your application, official transcripts are still required. Official documents should be sent by the institution to

International Applicant Requirements

An official English language proficiency exam is required for international applicants whose native language is not English. If you have non-U.S. educational credentials, you are required to submit an official transcript evaluation. The transcript evaluation cannot be waived.

Please visit our International Applicant Requirements page for specific information regarding the application process for international students.

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