• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Billings, MT, United States
The Department of Social Sciences & Cultural Studies combines four scholarly disciplines, each with its separate faculty and academic programs. The four year program in Sociology from Montana State University Billings lead to either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree. 
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Sociology from Montana State University Billings

Sociology is the study of social life and the social causes of human behavior. The sociologist's interests range from the intimate family to the hostile mob, from crime to religion, from race and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture, from work to sports. Few fields have such a broad scope.

A degree in Sociology provides a solid foundation for a student to enter into either graduate study or occupation in government, industry or business. For instance, a student can find job opportunities in human services or the criminal and/or juvenile justice related fields. There are two degree programs in Sociology. A Bachelor of Arts degree program orients a student toward graduate study by putting an emphasis on the proficiency of a second language. A Bachelor of Science degree program puts an emphasis on familiarity with Math/Computer Science to prepare a student for entering the labor market right after graduation. Nonetheless, the difference between the two degree programs is only a matter of emphasis, rather than the substance of the program itself.

Regardless of one's special interest, one might wish to emphasize research methods and statistics. Because of the growth of computer use, these two skills are cited as most valuable by sociology graduates employed in non-academic jobs.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Sociology 
  • Sociological Research Methods 
  • Statistics for Sociologists 
  • Classical Sociological Theory 
  • Contemporary Sociological Theory 
  • Internship/Cooperative Education 
  • Senior Thesis/Capstone 

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.

  • Minimum required score:


    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: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 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

  • ACT composite score of 22 or
  • SAT combined math and verbal score of 1030 or
  • 2.5 grade point average or
  • Rank in the upper half of your high school graduating class

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19245 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19245 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Montana Residents1940$ per 1-5 creditsNon-Residents5220$ per 1-5 credits

Living costs for Billings

  • 945 - 1960 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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