By Susan Hoffman
Contributor, Online Learning Tips

This program update is sponsored by American Public University.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, many entry-level jobs in the sociology field require a master’s degree. To accommodate our students’ educational needs, American Public University now offers a master of arts in sociology.

Start the master’s degree in sociology at American Public University.

Sociology – also known as the study of the development, structure, and functioning of human society – is a field that offers multiple career possibilities for students interested in human behavior, problem solving, and social change. For instance, The Balance Careers notes that a degree in sociology is helpful in these careers:

  • Guidance counselor
  • Human resources representative
  • Lawyer
  • Media planner
  • Market research analyst
  • Management consultant

Similarly, Social Science Careers says that other types of jobs need sociology graduates. These careers include:

  • Economist
  • Policy analyst
  • Public relations specialist
  • Social worker

M.A. in Sociology Has Some Unique Features

This degree has been carefully developed to give master’s students more experience in real-world, job-related skills. These skills include social science research, data analysis, grant writing and communicating information to a non-specialist audience.

In addition, faculty members in this academic program will act as advisors and mentors, providing one-on-one, discipline-specific guidance. Faculty members in this program are both scholars and active practitioners in sociology-related fields.

Program director Jennifer Cramer says, “In developing this degree program, we reviewed extensive data from employers and professional societies. Students in our undergraduate sociology program also provided us valuable feedback, giving us important insight about what would be most important to our student body in pursuing a graduate degree in sociology. We wanted to ensure that this new master’s program not only met the needs of our students, but also current employers in the market.”

For more information about this new degree, call 877-755-2787 or email

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