American Sociological Association

Paying Attention to the Master’s Degree in Sociology

January 2009
Authors: Roberta Spalter-Roth, Nicole Van Vooren

An ASA taskforce was appointed to find out ways that sociology departments can strengthen their master's programs as the number of degrees awarded declined by about 13 percent by 2006. This research brief looks at characteristics of master's students, including their reasons for pursuing this degree, what they learned and how satisfied they were with their programs, and how they paid for their education.

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