Northern Arizona University

Applied Sociology

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The Master of Arts in Applied Sociology is a two-year graduate program designed to increase students understanding of group, organizational, and institutional processes that structure communities and human experience. Coursework emphasizes the application of sociological theory, knowledge, and methodologies to address modern issues and problems facing society. This program prepares graduates for professional practice in applied research settings or further academic studies in sociology or related fields. Students can choose either the internship or thesis option. The internship option provides hands-on experience for students to bridge the gap between theory and practice, while the thesis option enables students to pursue independent applied or sociological inquiry research projects. The Applied Sociology program is one of the few applied programs in the nation and employs faculty with expertise in a range of areas, including gender, social policy, health, deviance, race and ethnicity, environment, sexuality, and social psychology. Applicants who apply by the priority deadline of February 1st have a better chance of acceptance, and for consideration in financial support. For more information, please visit

For more information on how to apply for the WRGP resident tuition rate for this program, please contact:

Mohamed A. Mohamed
Graduate Coordinator
Sociology and Social Work
Telephone: (928) 523-1697

Degrees Available