University of Colorado Denver

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences



1380 Lawrence St., Room 1251

Denver, CO 80217

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MA in Sociology

Format: Campus

Program Description:

As social scientists, our task is to research social problems so we may help to improve the human condition. In our program, students learn to accomplish this task by developing relevant sociological questions, rigorously researching these questions, and effectively communicating these findings to other scholars, communities, and the media. The sociology department at CU Denver offers a comprehensive, progressive, educational experience that prepares students for either entry into the job market or continued study in a PhD program. Our dynamic program attracts students from around the globe and from a variety of undergraduate disciplines.


  • Customizable curriculum
  • Interdepartmental, collaborative, and connected
  • Emphasis on Methodology
  • Substantive concentrations


Areas of Concentration: Crime, Law, and Deviance; Health and Society; Family, Social Services, and Community

The three areas of concentration offered by our program are three of the four most sought-after specializations in the labor market (Sociology Master’s Graduate Join the Workforce, American Sociological Association, 2011).

Annual Program Events: Please contact the program for the latest events and activities.

Financial Support: The Department of Sociology has teaching assistant and research assistant positions available for MA students. The Department Chair, after consulting with faculty, will determine which students qualify to be teaching and research assistants.

*The Sociology MA program is a WRGP offering in-state tuition for residents of WICHE’s 15 member states, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and Guam.

Applications: Applications are due by February 15 for Fall admission only.

Career paths of graduates: Recent graduates have gone on to sociology PhD programs across the country, while others hold master’s-level positions as social science researchers, teachers, and advocates in non-profit and government agencies. Others work in various positions in the private sector.

Why CU Denver? As Colorado’s only public urban research university, CU Denver educates a diverse student body through quality academics, ambitious research and creative work, and civic engagement in the city we call home. Graduates gain the powerful combination of immersive classroom and real-world experiences that are in demand today, while the city benefits from well-educated, top talent and a new generation of knowledge that fuels the future of Denver and our region.

We are committed to diversity and equity. Students from all backgrounds will find resources & support on campus.


The University of Colorado Denver is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

International Student Requirements:

International students must meet ALL of the standard requirements and also must provide: • Original transcripts and documentation in English (or a certified English translation) of the completion of a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, or the equivalent • Documents required to process immigration documents • Certified English translation of all academic records and references not in English • $75.00 international non-refundable application fee • Evidence of proficiency in English as demonstrated by one of the following: - Citizen of a country whose official language is English - TOEFL or IELTS - Graduate of CU Denver’s ESL Academy - Earned bachelor’s degree or higher from a foreign or US accredited institution where the language of instruction was English. - Earned a bachelor’s degree from the US or successful completion of at least 2 semesters (12 credits) of full-time study in a graduate-level master’s program at an accredited institution with a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 33

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Loans Offered: Students are encouraged to work with the University's Financial Aid Office to obtain information on financial aid opportunities. University of Colorado Denver FASFA Code: 004508

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 0-999

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