• Course Delivery
    100% Online
  • Total Credits
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit

As we live in an increasingly diverse society, sociology plays an extremely important role. A bachelors degree in sociology helps prepare independent-thinking citizens to influence social change and

  • Understand cultural, economic and geopolitical conditions and how race, gender, age and social class affect them;
  • Apply sociological knowledge to improve organizations, individuals and communities;
  • Contribute to improving society by understanding how humans work together in groups.

No matter where you are in your career, a bachelors degree in sociology from Mizzou will help you stand out. Prepare to enter the workforce, change your career or advance your current position with MU. Our faculty and staff are active in conducting sociological research that helps them provide a high-quality education to our students. 

Graduates tend to possess highly valued skills such as

  • Critical thinking
  • Writing
  • Oral communication
  • Computer proficiency

This degree may help you qualify for positions in

  • Community and urban planning
  • Human resources
  • Social research
  • Criminal justice
  • Banking
  • Advertising
  • Counseling
  • Social services
  • Marketing and market research

Program structure and topics

The online bachelors in sociology is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required.

Online courses have varying lengths. The length of your program depends on how many credit hours you transfer and whether you study part time or full time.

Core course work covers

  • Social inequalities
  • Youth in todays world
  • The sociology of sport
  • Social policy analysis
  • Recent theories in sociology

Admissions & Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. If you have less than 24 hours of applicable college-level course work, you may apply to the online bachelor of sociology program as a freshman. If you have 24 or more credit hours of applicable college-level course work, you may apply as a transfer student.
  2. For freshmen: Earned the minimum test score on the ACT or SAT. Completed 17 specific high school courses with good grades. For a list of test scores and high school courses, review the Freshman Admission Requirements: https://admissions.missouri.edu/apply-freshmen/admission-requirements/
  3. For transfer students: Completed at least 24 credit hours of applicable college course work, including the equivalent of MATH 1100 or ENGLSH 1000 with a grade of C- or better. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 in your college course work. If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 79 (internet-based test), an IELTS score of at least 6.5, a Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of at least 59 or a Cambridge C1 Advanced score of at least 195. Slightly different requirements apply if you transfer from within the UM System or already have an associate of arts degree from a regionally accredited Missouri community college.
NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.

To apply to this program:

This program accepts rolling admissions, so you can apply at any time. We recommend you submit your application six weeks before the beginning of the term in which you wish to start your course work.

Application Deadlines

July 15
November 15
April 15


  • SOCIOL 1000Introduction to Sociology3 Credits
  • SOCIOL 2200Social Inequalities3 Credits
  • SOCIOL 2950Social Research I3 Credits
  • SOCIOL 3100Recent Theories in Sociology3 Credits
  • STAT 1200Introductory Statistical Reasoning3 Credits
  • SOCIOL 3255Youth in Today's World3 Credits
  • SOCIOL 3310WSocial Psychology3 Credits
  • SOCIOL 3420The Family3 Credits
  • SOCIOL 3430The Sociology of Sport3 Credits
  • SOCIOL 3440Sociology of Health3 Credits
  • SOCIOL 4xxxSocial Policy Analysis, Experts and Public Civility (in development)3 Credits

Tuition & Fees

Missouri Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $299.00
  • Fees: $57.33
  • Total: $356.33
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $897.00
  • Fees: $171.99
  • Total: $1068.99
Missouri Non-Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $382.40
  • Fees: $57.33
  • Total: $439.73
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1147.20
  • Fees: $171.99
  • Total: $1319.19
Tuition rates are subject to change.

What's it like to take a program online?

  • Earn a quality education online

    With more than 100 online programs to choose from across our four campuses, our online students have incredible access to career-advancing education. Our online courses are developed and taught by the same excellent faculty and instructors who teach the courses on campus. Whether you’re looking for an undergraduate education, graduate education, or a certificate program to further your career, one of our four campuses has an option to fit your needs.

  • Learning that fits your schedule

    Online learning provides students with the flexibility and freedom to attend classes whenever and wherever you are, in a way that is convenient for you. You can save time and money by being able to continue working and by avoiding relocation, travel and commuting costs. Courses must be completed in scheduled time frames, but in most cases, you can log in and complete course work whenever doing so best fits your schedule. Online education means learning on your terms – not the other way around.

  • Service you expect from a renowned University

    Our goal is to provide our online students with an excellent academic experience, without forcing you to make sacrifices in other areas of your life.

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