Sociology, PhD

The Department of Sociology at UMass Boston announces a PhD Program in Sociology. Coursework and research experiences will prepare students for outstanding academic careers as well as for leadership roles as applied sociologists in public and private agencies and research organizations. Two experts who reviewed UMass Boston’s PhD program in Sociology said that our faculty are:

“engaging in work that goes to the heart of the sociological enterprise” with “high-impact scholarship, public dissemination, and excellent instruction.”
-- Christopher Uggen, Distinguished McKnight Professor of Sociology at the University of Minnesota
-- Philip Kasinitz, Professor of Sociology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York

For information in how to apply, please visit the UMass Boston Graduate Admissions website.

The PhD Program in Sociology builds on the success of our MA Program in Applied Sociology and the research and scholarly accomplishments of our dynamic faculty. PhD students will complete a core set of courses in social theory and research methods and then concentrate in one of three areas: health, mental health and health care services; communities and crime; or immigration and globalization.

Doctoral students may also complete requirements for a Graduate Certificate in Forensic Services or a Graduate Certificate in Survey Research.

Graduate assistantships will provide Doctoral students with opportunities to conduct research in collaboration with faculty, provide essential support to faculty as Teaching Assistants, and to teach classes under faculty supervision. Training and research opportunities will be enriched through partnerships with:

  • University of Massachusetts Medical School, Department of Psychiatry
  • Harvard Medical School, Department of Psychiatry
  • Hannover Medical School in Germany
  • UMass Boston’s McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies
  • Faculty in human services at Salem State University
  • Faculty in criminology at UMass Lowell

To learn more about our PhD Program in Sociology, download our Fact Sheet, and please contact:

Reef Youngreen, PhD
Director of the PhD Program in Sociology
Associate Professor
University of Massachusetts Boston
phone: 617.287.3909