online Master Of Arts in Sociology

Sociological themes surround us – diversity, globalism, inclusivity, equality, social change, and justice. To explore these real-world issues, the study of sociology and how humans interact with one another is of continuous value. In our increasingly diverse world, this program is ideal if you want to understand how humans interact with one another as well as how individuals react to products, social issues, and organizational change.

Unlock Human Nature

American Public University’s Master of Arts in Sociology will help you develop a reflective understanding of human nature.

Essential Learning

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a master’s degree in sociology is needed for entry-level jobs in this field.*

Online for 24/7 Access

There are few online sociology master’s programs available. As an online program, APU’s program fills a unique niche.

Personalized Support

APU’s scholar-practitioner faculty will provide one-on-one, discipline-specific advising and mentorship to help you plan your coursework and extracurricular activities. APU’s online classroom provides an engaging environment for collaboration with faculty and fellow students.

Comprehensive Courses

Courses will examine:

  • Inequality
  • Globalization
  • Social change
  • The intersection of people and societies with institutions

Focused Application

A uniqueness of the program is your ability to focus your application and knowledge in one of these areas:

  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Social Services

Upon successful completion of this graduate degree in sociology, you will be able to demonstrate an advanced knowledge of social science research methods and statistical analysis to examine big data in interdisciplinary contexts and career fields.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook:

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An Affordable, Quality Education is Within Reach.*

Rising college costs have many of our nation’s hard-working professionals feeling left behind when it comes to making their higher education goals a reality. At American Public University, we believe it doesn’t have to be that way. At APU you’ll find programs that align with industry trends and are backed by individual support teams dedicated to helping you succeed. Our commitment to affordability doesn’t mean sacrificing quality.

Consistently Affordable Rates

APU prioritizes controlling costs and delivering value for students. At APU, you benefit from quality and affordability.

Undergraduate $270 per credit hour $250/credit hour with military grant Master’s Degree & Graduate Certificate $350 per credit hour $325/credit hour with military grant
  • Earn credits for your experience. Don’t leave your hard-earned credits behind. We offer no-cost transfer credit evaluation so you can possibly fast-track your education by earning credit for prior life experiences, college courses, or military service.
  • Books online at no cost. If you're taking an undergrad course for credit, textbooks and ebooks are included at no cost. This can save you about $1,200 per year if you’re enrolled full time, according to the College Board’s 2018-2019 Trends in College Pricing.
  • Serving the military. Active-duty servicemembers and their spouses/dependents, Guard members, Reservists, and veterans receive a tuition grant. We also waive technology fees for active-duty, Guard, and Reserve servicemembers using military tuition assistance (TA).
  • Help when you need it. Our excellent support staff can walk you through ways to fund your education, including federal student aid, military TA, veterans’ benefits, scholarships, private loans, and employer contributions.

*On January 1, 2020, our per-credit-hour undergraduate tuition rate will be $285 and master’s/graduate certificate rate will be $370. The technology fee will be $65 per course. Active-duty servicemembers, their spouse/dependents, Guard members, and Reservists are eligible for a military tuition grant, which caps undergraduate and master’s-level tuition at $250 per credit hour. The military grant covering veterans will continue through December 31, 2019.

Learn from a nationally recognized leader in online education.

At American Public University, our expert faculty and industry advisors work to shape a quality, relevant, online education that responds to the needs of working adults looking to advance their education in order to meet professional goals. Come discover how our award-winning, accredited education can help you reach your next level.

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Part of the accredited American Public University System (APUS).

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