MA Sociology or Master of Arts in Sociology is a 2-year postgraduate course which is offered by many universities and colleges throughout India. The basic eligibility for pursuing this course is that the student should have completed their graduation from a recognized college.
Some of the top institutes offering this course are:
Admissions to this course are on the basis of both entrance exams and merit basis.
MA Sociology subjects focus on an in-depth study of society and its mechanism. The major specializations taught are Religion and Society, Political Sociology, Economic Sociology, Sociology of India, Agrarian Sociology, Medical Sociology, etc. The average course fees for this course ranges from INR 5,000 to 2 Lakhs depending upon the college you chose.
The major recruiting sectors are law firms, international organizations, public relation firms, health and welfare organizations, etc. The major profiles on which people get to work are administrators, counselors, consultants, journalism, researcher, etc. The average starting salary for MA Sociology students ranges from INR 3.5-6.5 Lakhs per annum.
|Eligibility for the program||Graduation from a recognized college|
|Duration of the program||2 years|
|Average Tuition Fee||INR 5,000 to 2 Lakhs|
|Average Salary (per annum)||INR 3.5-6.5 Lakhs|
|Job Profiles||Administrator, Counselor, Consultant, Journalist, Researcher, etc.|
MA Sociology teaches students on an advanced level about the society, its elements, and the various interactions and functionalities. This course helps a student understand the nuances of human society. It helps develop an understanding of how human society originated and its various evolutionary stages. An MA in Sociology prepares individuals with a better understanding of the frameworks of societies and communities around the world, thus making them adept at understanding how organizations work in the contemporary setting.
Studying MA Sociology prepares students with written and oral communication skills. They gain the ability to understand complex ideas and apply them to practical problems. They understand the sensitivity of the different ills in society and gain a disposition towards the culture.
The below table gives a brief insight into the MA Sociology du syllabus. To get more details, click here.
|Semester 1||Semester 2|
|Sociological Theories||Economic Sociology|
|Sociology of Kinship||Sociology of India|
|Religion and Society||Methods of Sociological Research|
|Political Sociology||Sociology of Development|
|Semester 3||Semester 4|
|Sociology of Symbolism||Populations and Society|
|Industry and Society||Urban Sociology|
|Gender and Society||Sociology of Science|
|Sociology of Education||Agrarian Structure|
|Sociology of Organizations||Sociology of Media|
|Institute Name||Location||Average Fees (per annum)|
|St. Mira’s College for Girls||Pune||INR 3,000|
|Presidency University||Kolkata||INR 2,300|
|Jesus and Mary College||New Delhi||INR 13,500|
|Banasthali Vidyapith||Jaipur||INR 44,000|
|Jyoti Nivas College||Bangalore||INR 40,000|
|Mehr Chand Mahajan Dayanand Anglo Vedic College for Women||Chandigarh||INR 40,000|
|Sacred Heart College||Ernakulam||INR 1,15,000|
|Abeda Inamdar Senior College||Pune||INR 10,000|
|Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology||Bhubaneshwar||INR 1,39,000|
|Islamia Karimia College||Indore||INR 8,200|
|DAV College||Chandigarh||INR 20,300|
|Lingaya’s University||Faridabad||INR 36,000|
The basic eligibility for admission to MA Sociology has been mentioned below.
Students from Science and Education streams should have 60% or above in their graduation degree for admission to MA Sociology course.
The process of admission to MA Sociology generally starts after the final year/semester examinations are over for Bachelor degree courses. Application forms are released in the months of May and June.
Jawaharlal Nehru University is among the few universities which begin the application process in the month of February and March.
Most of the universities conduct an entrance test for admission to the Postgraduate program in Sociology. Some of the Universities which conduct entrance test for MA Sociology admissions are:
The Entrance test is generally of 1 to 2 hours and is a pen-paper based test. The question paper contains objective and/or subjective type questions. Maximum marks for the test are 100.
The entrance test paper is designed to test candidates’ understanding of human society and their capability to analyze situations and events critically and logically. Questions in the test are set from the following topics:
The ideal process for selection is the performance in the entrance test. Some universities also give weightage to marks scored in graduation for shortlisting of candidates for admission to the program.
Universities like the University of Delhi also have provision for direct admission. Direct admission is generally restricted to BA in Sociology (Honors) degree holders with 55% or above marks. But in some special cases, admission may be provided to other students too. Some of the other universities which provide merit-based direct admission are:
The correspondence mode of study is ideal for candidates who for some reason are not able to attend regular classes. The distance education mode of study is generally in the annual system of education and grants student a maximum period of 5 years to complete all the requirements of the curriculum. IGNOU, New Delhi is very well known for providing distance education courses in a lot of subjects.
Apart from Indira Gandhi National Open University, some other institutes which offer MA Sociology in distance mode are:
Those who complete MA Sociology can get jobs in sectors like:
The main job profiles are:
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