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MA in Sociology in the Philippines

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Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Sociology program (MA SOCIO) is a two-year graduate program that enhances the knowledge and skills in social psychology, social problem solving, population studies, industrial and urban sociology. It also includes topics in research methodology, demography, design, and analysis as well as statistics. The program aims to produce graduates who are ready to assume careers as social science practitioners. 

Recommended Undergraduate Program

Students who wish to pursue a graduate degree in MA in Sociology should have an undergraduate degree in the social sciences field. However, students who do not hold an undergraduate program in those fields but still wish to pursue the program are encouraged to take at least 18 units of courses in the relevant fields.

Subjects and Curriculum

  • Survey methodologies and design

  • Industrial and urban sociology

  • Criminology and penology

  • Sociology of development

  • Race and ethnic relations

  • Sociology of education

  • Demographic methods

  • Economy and society

  • Sociological theories

  • Personality theories

  • Sociology of religion

  • Population theories

  • Theory construction

  • Industrial sociology

  • Collective behavior

  • Advanced statistics

  • History of sociology

  • Social stratification

  • Advanced statistics

Admission Requirements


  • The student must have an undergraduate degree relevant to the program

  • An applicant with a degree not in line with the social sciences field may still be admitted to the program as long as they take the pre-requisite courses. However, some colleges and universities admit any bachelor’s degree holders. 

  • The student must pass the Graduate Admissions Test of the university

Basic Requirements

  • Undergraduate Transcript of records (Original and Photocopy)

  • Recommendation letters from former professors, deans, or colleagues

  • Letter of intent

  • Most recent medical and dental health record

  • Copy of NSO Certified birth certificate

  • Copy of undergraduate diploma

  • (1) Latest 2”x2”ID Picture

Areas of Specialization

  • Crime

  • Gender Studies

  • Political Sociology

  • Urban Sociology

Program Outcome

Graduates of MA in Sociology are expected to be able to:

  • Explain concepts and theories of sociology accurately and thoroughly

  • Apply the competency in research when it comes to designing, implementing, and assessing social programs and projects

  • Analyze and solve social problems and issues

  • Effectively communicate ideas

  • Adhere to professional and ethical standards of Sociology and its social sciences

Board Exam

The MA in Sociology does not have a board examination. However, graduates may opt to take the Civil Service Examination (CSE) conducted by the Philippine Civil Service Commission (PCSC) to qualify in working in government offices. Some graduates opt to take a Doctorate degree to further gain expertise in the industry. 

Career Opportunities

Graduates of MA in Sociology may pursue a career path in universities, government organizations, non-profit organizations, and research institutions. They may apply as a development worker, government social program manager, recruitment specialist, human resource manager, policy analyst, academician, or researcher. 

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