American Sociological Association

Are Master’s Programs Closing? What Makes for Success in Staying Open?

June 2011
Authors: Roberta Spalter-Roth, Nicole Van Vooren

This research brief investigates whether Master’s programs in sociology are facing cancellations or closings, given cutback efforts at universities. Based on a survey of directors of graduate studies, this brief focuses on the characteristics of successful programs that are most likely to stay open. It also examines the differences in curriculum and activities between different types of Master’s programs, namely those that are considered professional or applied and those that are more traditional.

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