MA in Sociology

Applications for the MA in Sociology program are not currently being accepted. If you are interested in a Master's degree from our department, please consider our MS in Criminology.

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The MA in Sociology prepares students for careers in teaching, research, industry, government or non-profit organizations, as well as to pursue a doctoral degree.

Degree Requirements

The MA degree requires a minimum of 30 credit hours of master’s-level courses, including nine (9) credit hours of mandatory coursework:

  • SOC 567 Sociological Theory
  • SOC 606 Social Research Methods
  • SOC 504 Social Statistics

Master's Portfolio or Master's Project
The MA degree also requires the completion of either a Master’s Portfolio (for those pursuing careers after the MA degree) or original scholarship in the form of a Master’s Project (for those continuing in academia or research), written under the supervision of at least two regular department faculty. 

Graduate Handbook
Further information about the MA degree, including policies, requirements and coursework, can be found in the Graduate Handbook.

Why did you choose to complete an MA portfolio?

“I chose to do the portfolio because I felt it would prepare me for a non-academic career after graduation. The portfolio gave me the opportunity to make important contacts and develop my interviewing skills. I also gained the experience of transcribing interviews and writing a white paper.”

-- Alia Aeid, MA 2020

Did You Know?

Students typically complete the master's program within two years. MA students who wish to continue their studies may apply for funding as a PhD student.

Careers and Placements of MA Graduates

Our MA students take a variety of paths after finishing their degree. Many continue on in our PhD program. Others transfer to various other PhD programs across the country. Other MA graduates find applied jobs with community, governmental, or educational institutions. See where our recent graduates are now!

Contact Us

We encourage prospective students to get in touch with us directly by emailing Susie Sheron, our graduate coordinator, at You may also complete an information request form to learn more about UB or pursuing graduate work in other departments. Current UB students may contact their faculty advisor or the Director of Graduate Studies with questions.