College of Arts and Sciences

Master of Arts in Sociological Practice

The M.A. in sociological practice at IPFW is a terminal master's degree program designed to prepare you to be a skilled practitioner of sociology. Sociological practitioners use knowledge from the discipline of sociology to do needs assessment, program development and evaluation, policy analysis, staff development and training, conflict intervention in public and private organizations, and community organization for social change.

The goal of the program is to educate you to apply the sociological perspective to research, analysis, and intervention in the function of social institutions, organizations, and groups. In addition, this program is designed to help you develop the skills necessary to conduct social research analysis and design effective research-based interventions. Successful completion of the M.A. in sociological practice program will enable you to:

  • Acquire an advanced understanding of sociological practice, including a comprehensive knowledge of the theory, professional standards, and ethics of sociological practice.
  • Develop skills in the design, implementation, and analysis of social research and in the interpretation of social science research data for a non-academic audience.
  • Develop the skills needed to design and implement flexible, creative, research-based interventions to effect change in groups, organizations, and societies.