Exciting opportunity for juniors who excel as sociology majors!

Explore IGS ( Integrated Graduate Study) to earn an M.A. in Sociology while pursuing your undergraduate degree. The M.A. can benefit you in your further study for a Ph.D. or in your job search after college!

The Integrated Graduate Studies Program (IGS) is intended for highly motivated undergraduate students who are candidates for the BA degree and whose objective is a degree at the master’s level. Students may apply for the M.A. degree under the Integrated Graduate Studies (IGS) program.

Eligibility Requirements (must be completed by end of 3rd year)

  • 90 undergraduate hours of which at least 60 hours must have been in residence at CWRU
  • ALL general requirements for the B.A. (This includes completion of the SAGES requirements, the General Education Requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences, and the physical education requirement. Students can complete the capstone during their first year in the IGS program.)
  • 24 credit hours in the Sociology major
  • Earn at least a 3.5 GPA in Sociology courses
  • Earn at least a 3.3 overall GPA
  • Meet with an IGS Coordinator listed below to develop a Planned Program of Study
  • Admission to the master’s program offered through the School of Graduate Studies (See procedures below)

Program Components

IGS students must complete the requirements for the Master’s Degree Program during their senior year. IGS students are expected to acquire and exhibit general knowledge of the discipline and consult with an IGS Coordinator prior to enrollment each semester to determine the most appropriate courses to take. To receive the M.A., IGS students must fulfill the following program requirements pertaining to (1) course-work and (2) comprehensive examination.



Minimum of 30 hours of course-work, as specified below:

  • Sociological Theory and Research Methods (12 credits)
    • SOCI 400: Development of Sociological Theory (3)
    • SOCI 401: Contemporary Sociological Theory (3)
    • SOCI 406: Logic of Social Inquiry (3)
    • SOCI 407: Social Statistics (3)
  • Sociology of Age and the Life Course (3 credits)
    • SOCI 469: Aging in American Society (3)
  • Medical Sociology (3 credits)
    • SOCI 443: Medical Sociology (3)
  • Social Inequality (3 credits)
    • SOCI 449: Social Inequality (3)
  • Electives in Sociology (9 credits). Two of the elective courses must be in the selected area of concentration [Sociology of Age and the Life Course, Medical Sociology, or Social Inequality] and the remaining elective course outside of the concentration.  Information on which specific courses meet these criteria can be obtained from the IGS handbook.


NOTE: One of the two courses in the area of concentration must be a 400-level course. No more than 9 semester hours at the 300-course level may be included in the requirements for the M.A. degree. For those not having taken a course in statistics and probability in their previous work, STAT 201 or PSCL 282 (or its equivalent) is required. However, these do not count toward the 30 hours needed for the M.A.



One Comprehensive Exam in the Sociology of Age and the Life Course, Medical Sociology, or Social Inequality

To take the comprehensive exam a student must have completed a 400-level concentration course and two electives (one of which must be a 400 level course). The comprehensive exam will consist of three questions of no more than 6 pages each. It will be a take home exam (72 hours) at a time decided on between the students and faculty. The student can retake the comprehensive exam one time. The comprehensive exam is graded using pass/no-pass. If a student decides to pursue a PhD, this comprehensive exam does not apply to those that are required for the PhD program.


Admission Procedures

Any students interested in the Integrated Graduate Studies Program should meet with IGS Coordinators Gary Deimling or Mary Erdmans as soon as possible, but no later than the beginning of their junior year to determine eligibility and to plan to fulfill prerequisites. It is also recommended that applicants meet with Dean Claudia Anderson, 216.368.2928, in Undergraduate Studies to discuss the process.

Applications must be submitted and complete no later than 90 days before the first day of classes of the semester for which admission is being requested (November 1 for Spring semester admission, June 1 for Fall semester admission). Applicants will not be evaluated until they have submitted all required materials.



Applicants to the IGS Program must be admitted to the School of Graduate Studies by applying online using this link and sending all other application materials as listed below.

  • Three letters of recommendation from CWRU faculty members, at least 2 of which must be in the Sociology Department [Submit via online application portal]
  • Statement of Objectives: The Statement of Objectives is required by the Case Western Reserve University School of Graduate Studies. You should create your own document and include “Statement of Objectives” as the heading. The statement should be one or two pages and should include your purpose in undertaking graduate work, and an explanation of your study and research interests as they relate to your undergraduate/graduate study and professional goals.[Submit via online application portal]
  • An example of the student’s research and writing abilities, in the form of a paper written for an upper-level CWRU Sociology class. [Submit via online application portal]
  • Official Transcripts of all prior undergraduate work. [Needs to arrive in a sealed envelope with the sending institutions official stamp to the School of Graduate Studies]
  • Planned Program of Study completed in consultation with IGS Coordinators Gary Deimling or Mary Erdmans  and submitted to the School of Graduate Studies in paper form only.

School of Graduate Studies:

Case Western Reserve University

School of Graduate Studies, Tomlinson 203

10900 Euclid Avenue

Cleveland, Ohio 44106-7027


Note that admission to IGS is competitive. Upon admission to the program, IGS students register as students in the School of Graduate Studies and are subject to the policies, rules and regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. They may, however, continue to receive merit-based undergraduate scholarships and may continue to reside in undergraduate housing during what would normally be their senior year of undergraduate work.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid for the IGS program works the same way as for undergraduate students. Information on financial aid and student loans is available from the Office of University Financial Aid (216-368-4530).