Applications can be submitted for Fall 2021 as of Oct 1, 2020. We will begin reviewing applications for Fall 2021 on Feb 1, 2021 through June 30, 2021.
For instructions on how to apply click here


We only accept applications for each Fall semester. If you are a NMSU Masters Accelerated Student we may admit you Spring semester; please contact Dr. Julie Steinkopf at juliestk@nmsu.edu before applying.


We currently offer a Masters degree both on-campus and online. Regardless of whether you are an online or on-campus MA student, our faculty value our graduate students. We take great pride in providing quality instruction inside the classroom, providing research opportunities outside the classroom, and helping our students achieve their goals, whether it is advancing to a Ph.D. program or seeking employment and serving their communities in other ways.

Our online graduate program was recently ranked #1 in the nation for 2020 by Intelligent.com, which offers curated guides to the best degree programs as well as information on financial aid, internships and study strategies, recently published its latest rankings on the best programs for 2020. Read NMSU’s news release here and access Intelligent.com’s ranking here. 

Our online graduate program was also recently named as the #1 most affordable online MA in the country by Online U. You can read about it here.

To learn more about our online and on-campus programs, please continue reading below. If you have any questions about our graduate program, please contact the graduate director, Dr. Julie Steinkopf, at juliestk@nmsu.edu.

On-Campus vs. Online Programs

The on-campus and online MA programs are distinct. Once a student is admitted into the on-campus or online programs, the student is expected to remain in that program through degree completion. On-campus students must either complete a thesis or take a Comprehensive Written Exam (CWE) to complete their degree. Online students do not have a thesis option; they must take the CWE.

Our on-campus students are expected to take three courses a semester (considered a full load) and consequently complete in two years. Because many of our online students work full-time and often have other responsibilities, they typically take one or two classes a semester. Consequently our online students typically take longer than two years to complete the program.

Departmental Funding Opportunities

We only offer Graduate Assistantships to our on-campus students. These assistantships are not available for our online students. Graduate Assistantships are available each year to new and current on-campus students, and are funded for up to four semesters, and are employed as either 10 or 20-hour assistants. Graduate Assistants assist faculty members with teaching responsibilities. On occasion our faculty may have research money with which to hire research assistants.

Tuition and Graduate School Funding Opportunities

For current tuition rates please click here. For funding and other related information offered through the graduate school, please click here.

Admission Requirements

To apply for admission to the Sociology MA Program and the Graduate School, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Application form and fees
  • An undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • A record of professional, ethical, and collegial behavior.
  • Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
  • A well-written statement of purpose from the candidate addressing graduate school objectives and interests.
  • Three letters of recommendation describing personal qualities and achievements that suggest the applicant will be successful in the program. We prefer that letters of recommendation come from faculty members familiar with the academic work and professional conduct of the applicant.

Failure to meet any of the above criteria may result in the student not being accepted into our program. However, in cases when an otherwise outstanding student does not meet the GPA requirements, the student may be accepted provisionally into the program.

The GRE is not required for admission. Students may be required to take prerequisites prior to gaining admission.

Transfer of Credit

A student may transfer up to 9 total graduate credits taken at NMSU and/or graduate credits from another university to New Mexico State University. These credits need to be approved by both the Department of Sociology and the Graduate School.

What Sociology Students Are Saying

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“One of the best things about Sociology at NMSU is that it’s a small department. This allows for a great deal of individual attention from the professors. They make you feel like an individual, not just a number.”

“I came here because they allow me to pursue the research I am interested in. There is no pressure to follow any one paradigm or continue anyone’s research…”

“There are plenty of opportunities to work firsthand with professors. Almost all the Sociology students have the chance to be an assistant to a professor. This gives great firsthand research and classroom experience, plus the professors make our job challenging and fun.”

“For someone who is looking for diversity, NMSU is a really great place to study. It is situated in a region where lots of different cultures can be studied, such as American Indians and Mexican Americans.”


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