Sociology - Anthropology: MA and Graduate Diploma

Alexandria Beach

Located at the heart of the Middle East, the faculty and students engage critically with the region and the representation of its people, cultures, and politics. The program seeks to provide a thorough foundation in the principles of Sociology and Anthropology while also developing critical skills for a wide range of real-world professional situations. It offers a unique opportunity for students to conduct original research amidst an intellectually stimulating environment. Its longstanding tradition of combining scholarship with a commitment to social, economic and political justice makes the program a dynamic environment for learning and research.

We also offer a diploma-level program. The program seeks to provide a thorough foundation in the principles of Sociology and Anthropology while also developing critical skills for a wide range of real-world professional situations.

  • The graduate program in sociology and anthropology equips students with a thorough grounding in the theory and research methods of both disciplines. It offers a unique opportunity for students to conduct original research amidst an intellectually stimulating environment. Its longstanding tradition of combining scholarship with a commitment to social, economic and political justice makes the program a dynamic environment for learning and research. The program’s interdisciplinary approach has prepared many of our students for doctoral programs in the social sciences at universities in North America, Europe and the Global South, as well as other career paths in social research, NGOs, development agencies and international and nonprofit organizations.

  • The MA program in Sociology-Anthropology offers two options: a Thesis Track and a Comprehensive Exam Track. The Thesis Track requires students to take eight courses (24 credits), and to complete a research thesis in accordance with university regulations. The Comprehensive Exam Track requires students to take ten courses (30 credits) and to take comprehensive examinations administered by an Examination Committee. 

    The Program also offers a Graduate Diploma where students are required to take six courses (18 credits). Students should be able to accomplish the Diploma in a single two-semester year.

  • The applicant for this program should be a graduate of high standing from an undergraduate program in the humanities or social sciences. Those who lack this background but who are exceptionally well qualified in other respects may be admitted provisionally. In such cases, the department may prescribe a noncredit program of work in theory or method for one or two semesters to correct gaps in course background. Students can be admitted to the program in the fall or spring.

    Admission is also subject to the general University requirements for graduate programs.

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