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Through the PlusOne program, the department offers the opportunity for BA/BS sociology majors to take an additional year’s study to complete the MA degree as well. The program emphasizes a “social problems” orientation, with substantial exposure to the sorts of methodological training needed to excel in careers emphasizing applied social research.

Program description

Northeastern University’s sociology program has long emphasized substantive areas that address a wide array of social problems, such as the sociology of violence; gender inequality; deviance and social control; poverty; racial and ethnic conflict; environmental justice; and health care disparities (to name but a few). Now, as professional careers require ever-higher levels of education and training, the American Sociological Association has paid increasing attention to the need for professional Master’s degrees in sociology. In this spirit, and mindful of rising educational requirements, the combined BA/MA and BS/MA ensures that students are equipped with the substantive and methodological knowledge needed to launch careers in applied sociology.

Focus of the Program

Recognizing the distinctive nature of a terminal MA program, the PlusOne degree will provide rigorous training in research methods, as well as substantive knowledge in fields of the student’s choice. Students completing the combined BA/MA and BS/MA will be expected to complete one additional methods course beyond that required of traditional MA students. In completing their graduate electives, PlusOne students will be encouraged to enroll in classes that have an applied or social problem emphasis (see the distribution list below). Students will also be required to complete an internship practicum (typically, a research project conducted in concert with a local organization that addresses an important societal need). The internship will ordinarily lead to the generation of the MA paper.

Who is eligible to apply:

Sociology majors who have maintained a minimum overall GPA of 3.25 and have taken SOCL 2320, SOCL 2321, and SOCL 2300 in the major and have demonstrated the potential for success in the graduate program are welcome to apply to the program.

When to apply

Qualified students are encouraged to apply prior to the start of their junior year.

How to apply

Qualified students wishing to apply must first make an appointment with the Director of Undergraduate Programs, Associate Professor Doreen Lee, before filling out the application. Once you complete this meeting, you will receive an Internal Admission Application for Combined Degree Programs. You submit this form with the items below to the College of Social Sciences and Humanities Graduate Admissions Office, 180 Renaissance Park. (Note: The GRE Examination is not required. Students should NOT apply online via Apply Yourself Portal.)

For additional information

For more information, contact either the Director of Undergraduate Programs, Associate Professor Doreen Lee, or the Department’s Graduate Director, Associate Professor Liza Weinstein.

Curricular Requirements

Upon admission, students will begin taking graduate courses during the fourth year of study. Students will be expected to take four graduate courses in their final 2-3 undergraduate academic semesters. During the fifth year in residence, students will take six graduate courses (including a graduate internship for course credit), and complete a satisfactory MA paper. This coursework will satisfy the 30-credit hour requirement needed for the M.A. in Sociology.