Graduate Overview

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Committed to preparing graduate students for research-based careers in academic, private or public sectors, the Department of Sociology offers opportunities to develop close, collaborative relationships with award-winning and internationally-recognized faculty while gaining in-depth understanding of a wide variety of theoretical and methodological approaches and substantive areas.

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The UB College of Arts and Sciences is committed to recruiting the very best PhD students and preparing doctoral students for career success. 

Build Real-World Skills

Whether pursuing a PhD or master's degree, our students learn to become independent researchers. Faculty and graduate students routinely collaborate on innovative research studies, conference presentations, research grants and peer-reviewed publications in five main fields: Family and the Life Course; Health and Illness; Crime, Law, and Policy; Social Inequalities; and Urban, Community and Environmental Sociology.

How do you apply the skills you learned as a graduate student to your current position?

“With quantitative and qualitative data analysis and data visualization skills, I’m able to construct narratives for pragmatic decisions that drive favorable business outcomes.”

– Aaron Elliott, MA ’16, Insights and Segmentation Manager, Elsevier

Additionally, our students develop teaching skills through teaching assistantships and lectureships, and benefit from regular pro-seminars and visiting speakers. Within our tightknit cohort, many students begin building their future networks of professional support.  

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Graduate Awards

The Department of Sociology offers two awards: Adeline Gordon Levine Excellence in Teaching Award and the Nathalie Devine Howe Graduate Student Paper Award.

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Contact Us

We encourage prospective students to complete an information request form to learn more about pursuing graduate work in the Department of Sociology. Current students may contact their faculty advisor or the Director of Graduate Studies with questions.

Susie Sheron

430 Park Hall

Phone: (716) 645-2585

Graduate Program Coordinator
Department of Sociology
College of Arts and Sciences