MA in Sociology of Education

Course of Study

The program consists of a total of 40 credits, of which about half are required core and methods courses; at least three credits are devoted to completion of a two-semester thesis program, and the balance are composed of a mix of electives and additional required courses as determined by the students' choice of concentration.

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Core: 15 credits

Please note that when the courses listed here are not offered, substitutes will be suggested and approved by students' advisors.

SOED-GE 2002 Introduction to the Sociology of Education (Fall; 3 credits)
SOED-GE 2325 The Learning of Culture (Fall; 3 credits)
RESCH-GE 2132 Principles of Empirical Research (Fall; 3 credits)
SOED-GE 3030 Classical Social Theory (Spring; 3 credits)
SOED-GE 2090 Planned Change in Organizational Settings (Spring; 3 credits)

Research Methods: 6-8 credits

A minimum of two of the following or an equivalent, one of which must be statistics or another quantitative methods course, chosen in consultation with an advisor:

APSTA-GE 2001 Statistics for Behavior and Social Sciences I (3 credits)
APSTA-GE 2002 Statistics for Behavior and Social Sciences II (3 credits)
RESCH-GE 2140 Approaches to Qualitative Inquiry (3 credits)
RESCH-GE 2147 Fieldwork: Data Collection (3 credits)
RESCH-GE 2148 Fieldwork: Data Analysis (3 credits)
SOC-GA 2332 Methods & Statistics II (4 credits)

Thesis Seminar: 3 credits

SOED-GE 2510 Thesis Seminar I (3 credits)

The Thesis Seminar course typically is taken during the third semester of tenure in the program. The course is organized as an intensive workshop. Students develop detailed proposals for their thesis research, obtain UCAIHS (University Committee on Activities Involving Human Subjects)  approval (when applicable), and commence thesis work. Students identify a thesis advisor and regularly consult with this advisor as their project develops, and students develop strong collegial relations with their fellow thesis-writers. Throughout their thesis work, students are expected to consult with faculty in the Department of Applied Statistics, Social Science, and Humanities and GSAS Sociology who have relevant expertise in appropriate fields of research specialization.

Area of Concentration: 14-16 credits

In addition to the above core requirements, students choose from one of two concentrations. Course requirements for the two concentrations are outlined on the following pages.

Concentration I: Social and Cultural Studies of Education

This concentration accommodates a wide range of social science approaches to the study of education. Students choose this concentration in order to pursue educational inquiry with a focus tailored to their own interests. Students may wish, for example, to focus their study on racial, gender, or sexual identity and politics in education; the role of media and new technologies in schools; or the relationship between schools and other social systems such as the family or the nation-state.

Students in this concentration complete the credit requirements for their degree by assembling a series of electives, in consultation with their advisor, that are thematically linked.

Concentration 2: Education Policy

Combining courses from several departments and schools at NYU, this concentration prepares students for careers in education policy formation and evaluation.

In addition to the required courses listed above, students in the Education Policy concentration are required to take an additional course, RESCH-GE 2155, Economic Analysis for Education Policy (when it is offered, or an alternative, chosen in consultation with students' advisors). Students also may choose, in consultation with their advisor, a course from the following:

SOC-GA 2312 Advanced Multivariate Statistics (4 credits)
SOC-GA 2314 Longitudinal Statistics (4 credits)
RESCH-GE 2012 Advanced Quantitative Methods I (3 credits)
STAT-GB 2301 Regression and Multivariate Data Analysis (3 credits)

Students in this concentration also are strongly encouraged to choose one of the following electives offered in the Wagner School of Public Policy, when offered:

Policy Issues in Primary and Secondary Education (4 credits)
PADM-GP 2441 Economics of Educational Policy and Finance (4 credits)

Students complete credit toward their degree by selecting coursework, in consultation with their advisor, that enables them to develop expertise in a particular substantive area.