The MA program offers a flexible degree, tailored to meet the needs of a varied student body: professionals seeking to enhance their research skills; students curious about pursuing graduate school in the social sciences; and young scholars interested in learning more about our program’s areas of specialization. Classes are offered during evening sessions, fitting the needs of busy professionals. The program offers rigorous training in the most important research methods and techniques, along with strong preparation in current theoretical perspectives and debates. It also offers opportunities for publishing work with faculty, and developing international contacts and transnational collaborative research projects. After completing the MA course requirements, students in good standing who decide to continue working toward a PhD in sociology at Mason must re-apply to the PhD program.