Programs & Certificates

Master of Arts

The MA degree provides a progressive educational experience that equips students for master's level careers or entry into Ph.D. programs. Students complete a set of core courses in upper level sociology (27 credit hours) and either a Master's thesis, report on an internship, or portfolio of work (6 credit hours).  


  • Emphasis on Methodology - This program distinguishes itself, in part, by its strong emphasis on methodology.  All students are required to take 9 credit hours of research methodology and analysis (Research Methods, Quantitative Data Analysis, and Qualitative Data Analysis).
  • Urban Environment - Students benefit from studying in a fast-growing and dynamic city that provides a natural classroom for teaching our specialties: Health & Society; Crime, Law & Deviance; Family & Social Services and Community & Urban Sociology.
  • Institutional Connections - Our proximity to the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (AMC) offers unique training opportunities with medical researchers, while our location on the Denver campus, and collaborative relationships with departments on that campus, benefits students in the program. 


Students can concentrate in one of areas by taking three courses in the subject area. At least one of the courses must be taken within the Sociology Department, but the other two can be taken in departments outside of Sociology.   

Crime, Law & Deviance

Health & Society

Family & Social Services

Community & Urban Sociology

Cities are instrumental sites for the creation, reproduction, and expression of social life. Community and Urban Sociology is a disciplinary sub-field dedicated to the theories and research on communities and urban settlements. Students engage with multiple dimensions of urban and community life in preparation for work in public and community service, government and policy work, and the private sector. Topics emphasized in this concentration include poverty and inequality, racial and ethnic segregation, health disparities, gentrification, housing and homelessness, and the formulation and administration of policies and services addressing these problems. This training offers a foundation for careers in government, human and social services, research, policy analysis, and business, and for continued study in Sociology, Urban and Regional Planning, Demography, Population Health Science, and Public Administration.


 MA Program Learning Outcomes
 Degree Requirements
 How to Apply 

Dr. Adam Lippert, Graduate Program Director

Phone:  303-315-2146
Office:  Lawrence Street Center, 1380 Lawrence Street, Suite 420 ​​


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