Our innovative graduate programs in sociology and applied sociology are designed to engage our graduate students in the social world. The programs' applied focus emphasizes community connections and research methodologies that specifically address social problems. Evaluation, survey research, quantitative and qualitative methods and statistical strategies are taught from a hands-on perspective where students learn to do the work, collect and analyze data, write reports and grants, and, ultimately, impact the social world in significant ways.
With a strong commitment to research, our nationally recognized faculty guides students through an exploration of the human condition, globalization, culture, and the current issues that affect us all. Our faculty are engaged with an impressive range of public concerns and issues of global and national importance.
Currently, we offer the following four innovative and challenging opportunities for graduate study at UMass Boston.
- PhD in Sociology
- Master of Arts in Applied Sociology
- Accelerated five-year Bachelor and Master of Arts in Applied Sociology
- Graduate Certificate in Survey Research (15 credits)
Our graduates are researchers, managers, instructors, policy analysts, and service providers in health care, social service and criminal justice agencies, and in corporate departments throughout the area. Many have continued their advanced studies in PhD programs. To learn about their successes, please see the most recent issues of our graduate program newsletter provided directly below.
As the only public university in Boston, the cost of graduate study (available soon) is substantially less than that of applied programs offered by neighboring private institutions. The MA Program offers a limited number of assistantships that provide a full tuition waiver as well as a partial fee waiver, including partial waiver of the health insurance fees.