Plan Your Education
How to Apply
Please visit Graduate Admissions to apply.
- Applications must be complete and submitted by January 31
- Doctoral students are only admitted for September matriculation.
- Only complete applications are forwarded to the Graduate Program Director for faculty review.
Deadlines & Cost
Deadlines: January 31 for fall
Application Fee: The nonrefundable application fee is $75. UMass Boston alumni and current students that plan to complete degree requirements prior to graduate enrollment can submit the application without paying the application fee.
Program Cost Information: Bursar's website
Required Courses (12 Credits)
- SOCIOL 607 - Contemporary Sociological Theory 3 Credit(s)
- SOCIOL 609L - Qualitative Methods and Field Research 3 Credit(s)
- SOCIOL 652 - Advanced Quantitative Methods 3 Credit(s)
- SOCIOL 700 - Proseminar I: Introduction to Graduate Sociology 1 Credit(s)
- SOCIOL 701 - Proseminar II: Planning a career in Sociology 1 Credit(s)
- SOCIOL 702 - Proseminar III: Developing professional skills and preparing for job market 1 Credit(s)
Electives (18 Credits)
Complete 18 credits of additional graduate SOCIOL courses.
With approval of the graduate program director, up to six credits from another graduate program may be applied toward this requirement.
Dissertation (6 Credits)
Complete a minimum of six credits from the course below.
- SOCIOL 899 - Dissertation Credits 1-9 Credit(s)
Complete a minimum of 36 credits from ten or more courses including six required courses, 18 credits of electives, and at least six dissertation credits.
Students admitted without an MA in sociology must also complete the requirements for the Applied Sociology (MA) program.
Dissertation: Compose and defend a dissertation based on original research.
Doctoral candidacy: Passage of two comprehensive examinations taken in two parts; theory/methods and substantive area concentration.
Statute of limitations: Ten years.
- Apply theoretical concepts to empirical issues;
- Analyze data to address a research question;
- Demonstrate scholarly expertise in a substantive area(s);
- Design and execute a research project of their own;
- Demonstrate scholarly independence.