Master of Arts in Sociology

The principal aim of the Master of Arts in sociology in the Department of Sociology at Western Michigan University is to develop an advanced understanding of the significant features and processes of human society through a focus on both research and teaching. The program prepares competent professionals for careers in research, education, government and private enterprise. The department's core program of study stresses both theory and method while elective credits and the thesis project develop substantial knowledge in an area of interest.

Domestic students


International students



Patrick Cundiff, the graduate director, can assist you with your academics, preparation for graduation and general questions or concerns about your program.


Graduate forms

Financial aid

Generous financial aid packages that include assistantships and fellowships are offered. In addition, funding through several university programs is available to qualified students. The department's endowment supports and facilitates outstanding graduate student scholarship through its dissertation research grants and conference travel grants.


The department takes great pride in the strong mentoring relationships that the faculty establishes with our graduate students. With small courses and a faculty of 18, we provide ample opportunity for one-on-one intellectual discussion and strongly encourage active involvement in faculty-student research projects. Opportunities for development of professional research skills are also available in our research center, the Kercher Center for Social Research.