Frequently Asked Questions

1. What can I do with a M.A. in Applied Sociology?

The M.A. in Applied Sociology is a flexible degree which can be utilized in a variety of employment settings such as: government, business, and corporate, non-profit, and social sectors. Our students encompass a multitude of interests from grassroots organizations to professional research.

2. Can I pursue this degree even if my undergraduate degree is in a different field?

Yes. We offer our individually tailored program to any qualifying student who has obtained a baccalaureate degree from an accredited four–year institution of higher learning.

3. What are the admission requirements?

  • A B.A. or B..S Degree from an accredited academic institution
  • A 3.0 or higher undergraduate GPA
  • A satisfactory score on the Miller Analogies Test or the general Graduate Record Exam
  • A 1-2 page statement about why you would like to pursue this M.A. degree program
  • Two letters of reference

4. When is the Application Deadline?

WPUNJ has rolling admissions. This type of admissions allows students to begin graduate level study almost immediately upon being accepted. However, suggested application deadlines are August 1 st for the fall semester and December 1 for the spring semester.

5. How much money does graduate school cost?

For 2007-2008, the graduate tuition (including fees) for New Jersey residents is $542.00 per credit and for nonresidents it is $841.00 per credit.

6. What kinds of financial assistance are offered?

a.) Students can apply for Federal Direct Stafford Loan Program.
b.) Graduate assistantships are also available to all qualifying students.

For more information go to: Graduate Admissions

7. How long does this program take to complete?

Students may compete the program in as little as two years, although most part-time students will take three to four years to finish. University policy sets a six-year maximum limit.

8. What times are the Sociology graduate courses offered?

Most classes run weekday nights from 6:00 to 8:40pm. We also offer some courses online.

9. Do you offer summer classes?

Yes. We try to offer at least one online course in each of our two summer sessions.

10. How many credits do I have to take to be considered full time?

A graduate level full time course load is considered 9 credits. Most students, however, attend part-time because they work full-time.

11. Is there a minimum GPA requirement I must maintain to stay in the program?

Yes. To remain in good academic standing, students must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA.

12. Whom should I contact if I have further questions?

Dr. Vincent N. Parrillo
Graduate Director
Department of Sociology
William Paterson University
Wayne, NJ 07470
Phone number: (973) 720-3881