Degree Programs

NMSU’s distance education degree programs are designed to serve students who may not be able to pursue an education through traditional means. NMSU offers Bachelor degree completion programs, Masters and Doctorate programs, and a number of Graduate Certificate and K-12 NM educator licensure and endorsement programs.

Please contact the listed distance education director for your degree program.


Master of Arts in Sociology

College: Arts and Sciences

Program Category: Online

Description: The Master of Arts in Sociology provides additional training in research design and interpretation, managing diversity, organizational analysis and program evaluation, and the assessment and management of social change. The degree provides advanced scientific tools and procedures to understand individuals, groups, work units, organizations and communities.

Delivery method: Canvas through NMSU


Students will take a minimum of 36 credit hours of graduate work distributed as follows: SOC 501,SOC 551, SOC 552, SOC 553 (12 credits), to be taken within the first 18 hours of graduate credit. A grade of B or better is required to receive credit for each of these core courses.

24 credits of additional 500 level Sociology course work to be taken in consultation with the sociology graduate student's advisor.

Costs: Current main campus tuition and fees plus a $35 per credit hour distance education fee. See the University Accounts Receivable Tuitions and Fees for the current rate.

Prerequisites: Students must have completed an upper level undergraduate courses in (1) social research methods (1) and (2) quantitative data analysis (statistics) prior to enrollment in the graduate level research methods and statistics courses. Completion prior to admission is preferred.

To apply:

The process of applying to the Sociology program involves completing an online application that requires acceptance from both NMSU's Graduate School and the Department of Sociology.

To apply to the Sociology Master's Program, you will need to submit the following:

  • 3 letters of reference from persons familiar with your academic record
  • Department Application
  • Statement of intent addressing your career interests and graduate school objectives

Please go to the following website to complete your application to both the NMSU Graduate School and the Department of Sociology.

Accreditation: NMSU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
HLC website
HLC phone: 800-621-7440

Specialized Accreditation:

More info: Department of Sociology: Sociology Graduate Program

Disabilities: If you have a disability that may affect your performance in a course, or if you require accommodations in order to take a distance education course, contact NMSU's Student Accessibility Services (SAS). Providing accommodations for distance education students sometimes requires more time than in a traditional classroom setting so students are encouraged to begin working with SAS as early as possible.

Updated: 2014-10-06