Master of Science (M.S.)

The M.S. degree is a research-oriented degree. Thus, a strong component of the M.S. candidate's program includes training in scientific methods as well as in techniques of analysis applicable to the field.

M.S. candidates in Rural Sociology are expected to develop an understanding of rural sociology, research methods and statistics, and a general awareness of substantive, theoretical and methodological issues of fields within sociology (such as community development, demography, international development, or environment and natural resources).

At a minimum, students should take:

  • AEREC 525 or its equivalent for research methods
  • a two-semester statistics sequence (AG 400 and R SOC 573, or their equivalents)
  • two or more of the following courses for rural sociology (R SOC 452, 501, 502, 508, 516 and 517).

A plan of study is devised in consultation with the student’s graduate committee, both to meet these recommendations, and to craft a curriculum that is tailored to the student’s academic background and career goals.