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MSW to Sociology PhD


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Hey all,

I am in a bit of a pickle. I am a Speech Communications major and recently decide I wanted to pursue Sociology, eventually PhD. My question is, what are my chances of being accepted into a fairly good PhD program with a Masters in Social Work and no undergrad in Sociology? It is easier for me to get into a MSW program than a MA Sociology, because of my undergrad major and lack of Sociology degree. Would you recommend going straight for the MA in Sociology instead, even if it is at a not so well known program? (I've looked at Northern Colorado, Northern Arizona, NM State, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, UMBC, etc.) Thanks!

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Hi, I'm a current masters in social work student. I think the MSW is usually considered a professional degree and not a stepping stone to the Sociology PhD. Also, check with the school you want to apply to and see if they think you need a sociology background. From what I hear, lots of sociology doctoral programs take people from related fields such as yours, including the top ranked schools. I considered Sociology, but with my interest and experience, Social Work is a better fit for me (as of today). Anyone in Sociology have a take on this?

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I am going for a MSW and I plan on getting a PHD after I serve time in the field I think it is possible but if you have no interest in SW at all a MA is more your fit

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From what I have heard, many PhD programs will require you to get your MA along the way to the PhD, if you don't already come in with a MA in Soc. For instance, my partner already has her masters (in a different field, but still similar enough) and applied to soc PhD programs. She was accepted, but will need to get a MA in Soc along the way to her PhD. It might be the case that having a masters already in a related field, along with additional experience, gave her an advantage over some undergrads competing against her; however, if you know where you want to ultimately end up, I would not recommend pursuing something else in the meantime. One of my main concerns would also be the money involved in pursuing multiple degrees.

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