The study of sociology at the masters level strengthens students' analytical, research, and writing skills. These skills are useful in a wide variety of occupations involving problem analysis, research and data management, effective communication, human relations skills, and leadership. Some graduates of the masters program in sociology use their degree as a stepping stone to a Ph.D. or law degree, while others use it as a credential for community college teaching, for research-related positions in private business, government, or non-profit organizations, or for a variety of decision-making positions in diverse occupational settings. The program also accommodates individuals who already hold positions in the public or private sectors and for whom the masters degree improves career benefits and opportunities. To facilitate masters-level study by people who are working full-time, the department ordinarily offers its graduate seminars in the evening.
A major advantage of a sociology degree is that it offers broad-based research, analytical, and human relations skills that can be applied in a wide variety of settings. Unlike more narrowly-tailored professional programs, a sociology degree does not prepare the individual for one specific type of work or occupation. Rather, it offers a broader range of skills and knowledge that are relevant to many different types of jobs. These skills make people with a background in sociology more capable of the analysis, synthesis, and adaptability required to deal with the variety of challenges and issues confronted in today's increasingly diverse, complex, and ever-changing workplace. This adaptability is especially beneficial in today's world in which the typical worker changes careers several times over a lifetime.