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The Department of Sociology and Anthropology offers a master's degree in applied social research. Students are trained to be able to take positions in government, universities, community agencies and private industry that require them to design and conduct research for purposes of evaluating policies and programs, documenting social needs, monitoring service delivery and marketing products and services. The program also serves as a good foundation for students who may later choose to pursue doctoral studies. Students pursue individually tailored plans of study that include training in research design and data analysis, along with advanced work in substantive areas and a grounding in policy analysis.

Career Profile

The master’s program typically serves as a foundation for students who wish to either 1) pursue doctoral studies in sociology or a related discipline, or 2) seek research-oriented jobs in universities, government, community agencies and private industry.

Program Application Requirements

Statement of Purpose, 3 Letters of recommendation, Supplemental Application / Portfolio

Program Application Test Requirements


Application Deadlines

Fall Deadline

​February 1

English Proficiency Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.

Accreditation Information

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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