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Sociology and Master of Arts in International Relations, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
San Antonio, TX, United States
Sociology at St. Mary’s University is designed to foster the goals of a twenty-first century liberal arts and sciences education. We educate our students to think systematically, intellectually, ethically, and critically about society. 
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St. Mary’s University offers Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree Programs that allow undergraduate students to begin graduate studies during their junior year. All interested and qualified students may apply during their junior year and, if accepted, begin their graduate studies as “conditionally accepted” graduate students during the second semester of the junior year. All programs require a minimum 3.0 GPA.

The conditional status is lifted and regular status conferred once the student has completed undergraduate work and any prerequisites. Students are limited to no more than 15 graduate hours while undergraduate students and are charged the undergraduate tuition fixed rate, which offers a substantial savings compared to regular graduate tuition. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

All University discounts and scholarships are also in effect. Regular graduate tuition rates apply once the undergraduate program is completed.

With some combined degree programs, students will be able to count graduate courses towards their undergraduate degree requirements, completing both degrees with fewer combined hours than if they pursued the degrees separately.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Next, St. Mary’s will forward your application to the program director for final review. You will receive an admission decision within three to four weeks after submitting all of your application materials.
  • Confirm your enrollment – When you receive your acceptance, you will be asked to confirm your enrollment. This will include paying your enrollment deposit and letting us know about your housing plans. If you will live on campus, you will pay your housing deposit and choose your meal plan at this time.
  • Obtain your student visa – After you complete and return the forms in the packet, the ISSS office will process your I-20 or DS-2019 and send it to you. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    20354 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20354 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for San Antonio

  • 972 - 1510 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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