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How long will it take?

The dual degree program is a 31 credit hour degree program beyond the Bachelor's degree (25 credit hours of course work and 6 credit hours of non-course work) that is started in their undergraduate junior or senior year.

Where will I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

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We have rolling admissions into this program. Contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Katie Acosta ([email protected]) for details.

Sociology, Dual B.A./M.A.

The B.A. /M.A. Program is appropriate for qualified Georgia State University undergraduate students who have completed two years as a Sociology major with a GPA of 3.5. Students may pursue a dual Bachelor of Arts in sociology and either a Master of Arts in Sociology or Master of Arts in Gerontology.

Dual undergraduate/graduate programs enable admitted undergraduate students to begin taking specified graduate courses during their senior year (or earlier in some cases) and count the coursework toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees. Students in dual programs are enrolled in each degree program either concurrently or in close succession. Dual degrees may, therefore, be awarded at the same time, or one degree may be awarded prior to the second.

Program Highlights

The Department of Sociology is located in the heart of Atlanta, within walking distance of the State Capitol and City Hall, and is close to other major political, economic, and cultural centers. This connection with a large, vibrant urban community provides an ideal learning environment for students.

The Department and individual faculty members have consulted and engaged in research projects with many different agencies, including the National Science Foundation, U.S. Public Health Service, National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, American Educational Research Association, U.S. Attorney’s Office, U.S. Bureau of the Census, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Georgia Department of Human Resources, Georgia Narcotics Treatment Center, Georgia Mental Health Institute, Atlanta Regional Commission, the City of Atlanta Bureau of Planning, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Pew Charitable Trust, and numerous other government agencies, as well as private concerns.

Program Details

The program requires two years as an undergraduate Sociology major with a GPA of 3.5. Students apply for the B.A. /M.A program in their junior year—making sure to take Soci 3010, Soci 3020, and Soci 3030 by the end of their junior year. In their senior year, participants will take four graduate-level courses and apply for the graduate program. In their fifth year, participants will finish the M.A. coursework, and either do an internship or write a thesis.

Students must be formally accepted into the dual degree program by the department and College of Arts and Sciences to be able to take graduate courses as an undergraduate. Additionally, acceptance into the dual program does not constitute admission to the master’s program. Students must fulfill regular graduate admissions requirements and apply for the master’s program following college processes.


Dual-Degree Program Eligibility

Email [email protected] to discuss eligibility. If eligible, you'll be provided the dual-degree program electronic application to fill out. Decisions are typically emailed within 10 business days.

Students accepted into dual undergraduate/graduate programs must work with the program graduate director each term to develop a plan for taking graduate courses during their senior year (or earlier for specific programs) while still completing their final semesters of bachelor’s work.

Acceptance into the dual-degree program does not constitute admission to the graduate degree program. Admission to the graduate program occurs in the senior year of undergraduate study and is contingent upon 1) successful completion of the bachelor’s degree, 2) performance in the graduate-level courses taken during the bachelor’s degree, and 3) meeting the other admission requirements of the specific program.

Dual Degree enrollment provides a range of benefits including the waiving of the GRE requirement and a graduate admission application fee when applying to the graduate program. Learn more about our dual degree program .

A. Master's Core Course Work (16 hours):
Soci 8010: Intermediate Social Statistics (3) Soci 8020: Research Methodology (3)
Soci 8342: Qualitative Methods in Sociology (3) Soci 9010: Advanced Social Statistics (4)
Soci 9020: Advanced Research Methodology (3)

B. Master's Elective Course Work (9 hours):
Take three substantive sociology courses or advanced data analysis courses as electives.

Substantive Sociology courses
Soci 8030: Sociological Theory I (3)
Soci 8102: Life Course Sociology (3)
Soci 8156: Sexuality and Society (3)
Soci 8216: Gender and Society (3)
Soci 8212: Race and Ethnic Relations (3) Soci 8226: Urban Sociology (3)
Soci 9230: Health & Illness (3)

Advanced Methods courses
Soci 9050: Advanced Topics in Research Methods (3) Soci 8900: Domestic Field School (3)
GEOS 6520 Quantitative spatial analysis (4)
Soci 8900: Applied Sociology and Evaluation Methods (3) PMAP 8521: Evaluation Research: Design & Practice
PH 7711: Epidemiological Methods (3)*
PH 8890: Special topics in Biostatistics (3)*
EPRS 9570: Hierarchical Linear Modeling (3)*
Soci 8900/Gero 8700: Intervention Research Design (3)

Any other Methods course with permission from the DGS and course instructor.

C. Other Master's Requirements (6 hours):
Choose a thesis or a non-thesis option. For the thesis option, you must register for 6 hours of Soci 8999.

1. Thesis option
Soci 8999 Thesis Research (6)

A thesis proposal, thesis, and oral defense. 2. Non-thesis option

Soci 8980: Internship (6)
A thesis proposal, thesis, and oral defense.

The sociology department does not offer funding to Joint B.A./M.A. program students.

This joint program prepares graduates to enter PhD programs in Sociology or to work outside academia. Students in this program can receive training in social research skills that can allow them to work in industry or the non-profit sector as qualitative and quantitative researchers.

How to Register for Graduate Courses for Dual-Degree Program Students

  • Meet with your academic advisor to discuss your graduation plans and to review your reminding degree requirements. Click here for information about how to make an appointment with them.
  • Meet with your dual degree faculty coordinator or his/her designee to discuss your progression in the dual degree program and graduate course enrollment options. View available course offerings.
  • If you plan to take a graduate course in the next upcoming term, fill out the Graduate Course Approval Form and email it to [email protected].
  • Register for the graduate course once you receive an email confirming your authorization. Review your academic evaluation to see where the graduate course counts. If you have questions about where your graduate course is counting on your academic evaluation, email your concerns to [email protected].



A Master’s degree in Sociology prepares you for a wide range of jobs, including:

  • Case Manager
  • Human Services Educator
  • College Instructor in Sociology
  • Drug and Alcohol Counselor
  • Director of Human Services Agency
  • Sociological Researcher
  • Geriatric Social Worker
  • School Social Worker
  • Social and Community Service Manager


Director of Graduate Studies
Katie Acosta
[email protected]

Graduate Coordinator
Reggie Butler
[email protected]

College of Arts & Sciences Lockup25 Park Pl NE #2500
Atlanta, GA 30303

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