I graduated in April from a small liberal arts college in Pittsburgh with a B.A. in criminology. I am now at John Jay College in NYC pursuing the criminal justice M.A. with a criminology concentration. When I was applying to grad schools, I went for three PhD. programs in sociology (my interests shifted towards sociology in my senior year) and two master's in criminal justice. I had applied to PhDs because, for most of the sociology programs I saw, you were technically applying for the doctoral program but you would earn your master's along the way (in other words, I didn't come across many standalone sociology master's programs). I applied to and got rejected from UW Madison, UC Santa Cruz, and SUNY Albany. I got accepted to both of the criminal justice master's programs I applied to, John Jay College and Widener University. Because I still enjoy studying criminology, and I knew that John Jay is a good school, I decided to go there. I commute by train to NYC from NJ - the whole commute takes almost an hour and a half one way on a good day. I'm considering transferring partially because of the long and expensive commute, but mostly because I see now that I settled for a criminal justice degree when I really want a sociology one. I would like to transfer to Rutgers University - it's much closer to home and their program sounds great. However, like the other sociology schools I applied to, I would be applying for the doctoral program and would get the master's along the way. I'm worried that I will just get rejected again and will be stuck at John Jay. I gained more research experience since applying to grad schools the first time late last year which could help, but I'm scared it won't be enough. Is transferring to another graduate program doable? If you've done it, I'd love to hear about your experience.
Thanks in advance!