University of Mississippi

M.A. Offerings

SOCIOLOGY

Are you looking for a Sociology M.A. program where you won’t get lost in the crowd?

We’re it! Our department offers the opportunity to work with nine dedicated and enthusiastic full-time sociology faculty who have a broad range of exciting teaching and research interests. If you walk down the halls of the department you might hear people talking about gender at work in the catfish industry, the inside workings of an alternative hard core punk subculture, the existence of “global government,” social networks and Katrina, demographic analysis and the Census Bureau, food and identity across cultures, the sociology of literature, race and the media, the environment and the media and more.

Our recent M.A. graduate students have completed theses on gender and rugby, the experiences of volunteers in English as Second Language programs, community organizing, and Mississippi blues music. They’ve gone on to pursue careers at the Census Bureau and other government agencies, Community Colleges, and Ph.D. programs.

Our M.A. Program

The graduate program in Sociology offers a two-year program with both a thesis and a non-thesis option. The coursework requirements will equip students with a solid background in methods, theory, and a variety of core substantive fields including gender, race and ethnicity, deviance, and culture. A new course on teaching sociology prepares students for their work as teaching assistants and for possible future careers in the classroom. A new professional development seminar during the first year allows students to get to know the faculty and their graduate cohort while addressing practical issues of concern to sociologists including research and teaching skills and ethics, presenting at conferences, publishing, finding grants, applying for PhD programs, and more.

Financial Assistance

The Department strives to fund as many qualified students as possible. Most students accepted into the program receive funding in the form of teaching and research assistantships. These assistantships provide partial tuition waivers and annual stipends of approximately $3600-$5000 (depending on funds available). Opportunities for summer research assistantships are sometimes available. In addition to departmental assistantships, there are non-service University honors fellowships and minority fellowships available for qualifying students.

How to Apply

Interested in applying to the program? Click here for online Application Materials.

Additional Information

Click here for more information for Prospective Students from the Graduate School.

ANTHROPOLOGY

Are you looking for a hands-on graduate program in anthropology?

Come to Ole Miss! Our graduate faculty is doing field work in Central America, Europe, and, of course, Mississippi. We excavate prehistoric temple mounds, Bronze Age hamlets, and ancient Maya burial caves. We study the early colonial Southeast using documents, shovels, and space age remote sensing techniques. We interview religious leaders and their congregations in order to understand the place of Islam in contemporary Europe. And we take our students along. Whether you are working in archaeology and interested in the advancement made possible with a graduate degree or are interested in preparation for a Ph.D. program and, ultimately, an academic career, the mix of the classroom, lab work, and field work that we offer will serve you well.

Our M.A. Program

Not only do we provide you the opportunity to do research, we demand it. All graduates will have done their own research and reported it in a monograph-length thesis. But first they must demonstrate a mastery of the field of anthropology by passing a set of comprehensive examinations given at the end of their first year. The second year is spent in gathering data for the thesis, analyzing those data, and writing them up. Ours is a two-year program and the majority of our successful students are able to finish within the time.

Financial Assistance

The Department strives to fund as many qualified students as possible. Most students accepted into the program receive funding in the form of teaching and research assistantships. We guarantee funding for two full years of study. These assistantships provide a waiver of out-of-state tuition, a 75% reduction in in-state tuition and annual stipends of approximately $3,600 . Opportunities for paid research with the Center for Archaeological Research are regularly available. In addition to departmental assistantships, there are non-service University honors fellowships and minority fellowships available for qualifying students.

How to Apply

Interested in applying to the program? Click here for online Application Materials

Additional Information

Click here for more information for Prospective Students from the Graduate School.