A full account of degree requirements and procedures is contained in the Sociology departmental handbook.
To earn the MA in Sociology, a student must complete a total of 30 credits with a minimum grade point average of 3.0.
A maximum of three credits taken at another university may be granted toward the credit requirement for the master's degree. Twenty-seven credits must be completed at The New School for Social Research.
At least 24 credits must be taken in courses offered by the Sociology department. Courses offered by other departments of The New School for Social Research that are cross-listed in Sociology may be used to meet the requirement for 18 Sociology credits. Many cross-listed courses have prerequisites. The course instructor and the chair of the department or committee offering a course will determine whether a Sociology student meets the prerequisites and can be admitted to the course in question. Courses that are not cross-listed in Sociology may only be taken as electives.
The remaining 6 credits are electives that may be taken in or outside the Sociology department. The department encourages students to avail themselves of the rich course offerings of the other departments of The New School for Social Research, but this should be done with appropriate guidance from advisors so as to maximize the coherence of the overall program of study.
After taking and completing the four core required courses and at least 6 additional sociology credits, students are eligible to sit for the MA Examination. The MA written examination is meant to test graduate students' knowledge of general theoretical, methodological, and substantive issues in sociology. Candidates for the terminal MA degree must receive a score of at least low pass. Students with an evaluation of high pass or pass receive approval to apply to the PhD program.