Graduate Catalog 2019-2020 
    Aug 07, 2020  
Graduate Catalog 2019-2020

Sociology, MA

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Our Lady of the Lake University’s (OLLU) Master of Arts in Sociology of Health, Illness and Medicine is a unique program that prepares graduates for careers in multiple areas of health and medicine, including public health, clinical practice, community and metro health, healthcare policy, administration and management, as well as making them competitive applicants for continuing medical education and career promotion. The program emphases population-based approaches to health and healthcare.

The Master of Arts in Sociology of Health, Illness and Medicine is interdisciplinary and allows students to think about health and illness from a broad perspective. By studying health, illness and medicine from multiple lenses (including sociological, anthropological, philosophical, economic, etc.), students are better equipped to address complex health problems in a complex world.

Admission Application Requirements

Regular Admission

In addition to the requirements for graduate admission into Our Lady of the Lake University, applicants will provide:

  1. A personal statement detailing preparation to undertake the degree and reasons for wishing to study for the degree

  2. Two letters of recommendation not more than one year old from persons knowledgeable (college instructors or relevant employers) of the professional potential of the applicant (forms supplied by the University)

NOTE: Meeting minimum admission standards does not guarantee admission.

International Students

An international student seeking admission into the master’s degree program for a Master of Arts in Sociology should refer to the international admission section of this catalog for additional information on credentials needed for admission.

Conditional Admission

Conditional acceptance is granted on the merits of each case.

Special Admission

Students may apply for admission as a special student for their own personal interests or to transfer credit to a home institution. Special students who desire to change their status to that of a regular student must apply for admission to the Sociology Admissions Committee and gain approval of the dean of the School of Professional Studies.


The graduate program is a 36-credit hour program. Students complete 21 credit hours within the core curriculum. Students select 15 credit hours from elective courses.

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