Master of Arts in Public Sociology

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Master of Arts in Public Sociology

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This program is not intended to lead to certification or licensure.^

With your Master of Arts in Public Sociology at University of the Rockies you will learn to tackle public issues and social problems through engagement beyond the textbook. Learn how social structures and systems influence you and those around you to take on society’s challenges, no matter how great or small.

Degree Objective

The Master of Arts in Public Sociology program is at the forefront of sociological innovation. Public sociology is an approach to sociology with an express focus on engagement beyond the academy. It involves engaging in open dialogue to deepen our collective understanding of public issues in a social context. In this program, you will be asked to employ applied policy driven work, advocacy, and empirically-based problem solving. Further, you will acquire expertise and skills to apply sociological theory and research methods to address contemporary public issues and social problems in organizations and communities.

In this program, you will be asked to examine social structures and systems and apply effective practices to address pressing public issues and social needs in public, non-profit, community, and other organizations as well as communities. The program will also prepare you to conduct social science research and apply sociological knowledge.

Focus your degree by choosing a specialization, either Applied Sociology or Medical Sociology. You may also choose to complete the Standard Program. Your specialization will consist of at least four three-credit courses.

Your coursework will include discovery and applications in areas such as:

  • Sociological theory and its application to social situations and social problems
  • Social factors and health, with a particular focus on the connections between social and health inequalities
  • Theories and concepts of work in contemporary society
  • Social factors that influence health, wellness, and health care delivery systems
  • Non-profit, community, and government organizational culture, structure, and function
  • Grant writing for organizations, public agencies, and special interest groups
  • Social influence, social thinking, and attitude formation

Specializations

Focus your degree by choosing one of two specializations. Your specialization will consist of at least four courses, each worth 3 credits:

Career Opportunities

  • Healthcare and Social Services Specialist
  • Regulatory Affairs Managers
  • Compliance Managers
  • Sociologist
  • Social Scientist
  • Behavioral Scientist
  • Foundation Program Director
  • Policy Analyst
  • Research and Evaluation Manager
  • Researcher
  • Sociology Teachers

Graduation Requirements

To fulfill the requirements for the Master of Arts in Public Sociology, you must successfully:

  • Complete program coursework of 30 credits
  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00

Note: The date of degree conferral recorded on the student's transcript and diploma will reflect the date the student completes all degree requirements. However, release of transcripts, diplomas, and verifications for degrees awarded are contingent upon submission of the Petition to Graduate form, payment of the graduation fee, and payment of any outstanding balances with the University.

Online Schedule

Your course schedule is flexible. Take online courses one at a time. Online courses are offered in an accelerated six-week format and can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Faculty

Your faculty members all have earned doctorates and have recent experience practicing what they teach. At University of the Rockies, both the theory and its practical application are taught. Your instructors will enliven your discussions and enhance your feedback with real-world lessons from their workplace experience.

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^Licensure Information

COLORADO RESIDENTS

This program of study does not meet, nor is intended to meet, the requirements for professional licensure in the State of Colorado. The Master of Arts in Public Sociology program is not a licensure program.

OUT-OF-STATE RESIDENTS

The Master of Arts in Public Sociology program is not a licensure program. University of the Rockies cannot confirm whether its courses or programs meet requirements for professional licensure in your state. For information regarding professional licensure requirements in your state, you should contact the applicable licensing board or agency in your state and determine whether the program meets requirements for licensure in the state where you reside.

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