BA/MA in Sociology with a Formal Concentration in Applied Social Research

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The five-year combined BA/MA in Sociology with a formal Concentration in Applied Social Research provides students with extra training in research design and the advanced statistical and qualitative research methods used to analyze social issues. The program includes seven semesters of undergraduate work and three semesters of graduate work.

About the Program

Graduates of this program will understand and be able to apply sociological theories and research techniques to social issues, linking ideas with evidence in a combined undergraduate/graduate program that prepares students for a range of career options. This combined degree is designed for students who want high-quality research and analytic skills, and to complete a master's degree in less than the usual required time. 

For detailed information, please see the Undergraduate Catalog.

Research-Focused Courses for the Combined BA/MA Program

Research-Focused Undergraduate Courses

The following courses can be adapted to be research-focused courses for the BA/MA degree.  Students interested in taking these courses as research-intensive must talk to the instructor before the end of the add/drop period to discuss the additional assignments required to make the course research-intensive.

Spring 2020

  • SOC 362, Families & Inequality
  • SOC 337, Sociology of Punishment

Fall 2019

  • SOC 322, Medical Sociology (with instructor permission)
  • SOC 341, Environment & Society (with instructor permission)

Research-Focused Graduate Courses

Spring 2019

Please check back soon for a complete list.

Some of these courses may be fulfilled through the Summer Research Methods Workshop.

How to Apply

Application to the BA/MA is a two-part process. Students must apply to both the graduate and undergradaute portions to receive consideration. 

Students applying to the undergraduate portion of the BA/MA should have completed at least 60 undergraduate credits (including at least two sociology courses with an overall GPA of 2.75 and GPA of 3.20 in sociology. Students may apply for the combined program during the spring of their sophomore year or later. The graduate admissions committee must approve all applications.

Apply to the undergraduate portion of the BA/MA by completing and submitting the following form:

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Contact Us

Kelly Crean

430 Park Hall

Phone: (716) 645-2586

kcrean@buffalo.edu

Undergraduate Program Coordinator
Department of Sociology
College of Arts and Sciences

430 Park Hall

Phone: (716) 645-2586

kcrean@buffalo.edu