Whether you’re interested in teaching, research, or deepening your understanding of sociological issues, the Sociology Graduate Program at Virginia Commonwealth University is tailored to equip you with critical skills for any path you want to pursue. We offer two versions of the Master's of Science degree, defined by the skills and competencies students seek to develop during their graduate work:
The M.S. in Sociology facilitates the development of theoretical, methodological and substantive competence appropriate for students’ interests and career goals. In keeping with VCU’s role as an urban institution, the program focuses are informed by the expertise of its resident faculty, including, but not limited to: anti-racism, public sociology, inequality, social problems, policy alternatives and strategies for change.
Students in the traditional M.S. program----typically on-campus students----may apply for a limited number of assistantship-based financial aid positions. In these positions, graduate students work up to 20hrs a week for department faculty in return for a semesterly-stipend paid on a bi-weekly basis. A more limited number of students may be offered tuition remission for the semester(s) they work as an assistant.
For more information on the traditional M.S. program, please visit .
The M.S in Sociology with Concentration in Digital Sociology (or the "Digital Sociology" program, for short) is a first-of-its-kind Students interested in earning their MS online should be aware that all online courses focus on the study of digital sociology. More information will be found on the Digital Sociology home page. Students in the Digital Sociology Concentration complete the same curricular requirements as do on-campus students. However, all courses are offered fully online, and students are not required to come to the VCU campus at any time during their studies. Students who wish to participate in the Digital Sociology Concentration should enroll in the program at the beginning of their graduate work and remain in the program until completion of the degree.
Students interested in enrolling the Digital Sociology Concentration should apply to the VCU Sociology M.S. program on the VCU Graduate Admissions website. Prospective students should indicate their interest in the Digital Sociology Concentration on the application form and in their essay/personal statement. Admitted students will be given an orientation to the technologies and processes used in the program. Emphasis is on use of open (free) technologies and minimal equipment.
Visit our dedicated webpage for the VCU Digital Sociology Graduate Program for more information.
Ready to apply to the sociology master’s program? Begin your application via the link below! You can find detailed instructions on how to apply at the VCU Graduate Admissions website. In addition to the materials required by graduate admissions (transcripts, application, and application fee), the Department of Sociology also requires a personal statement, a writing sample, and three letters of recommendation. Applicants interested in enrolling in the digital sociology concentration should indicate whether they will attend classes in person or online on the application form and in their essay/personal statement.
Tara M. Stamm, Ph.D.
Graduate program director
Phone: (804) 828-4028