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Sociology, M.A.

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University rank #51 (ARWU) , MD,
At the Department of Sociology at the University of Maryland, we study the micro and macro, from family organization to globalization, to better understanding how society functions. We conduct one-on-one interviews and analyze massive data sets locally and around the world. We're bringing greater clarityto sociological proceses as well as recommendations for policymakers to improve human welfare.


The University of Maryland Sociology Graduate Program is ranked 24th among all sociology departments nationally by the U.S. News and World Report's annual rating system. The graduate program is organized into eight specialty areas: Demography, Development, Environmental Sociology, Gender, Work & Family, Globalizing Theory, Military Sociology, Social Psychology, and Stratification.

The Graduate Program in Sociology is designed for students seeking a Ph.D. degree. However, the M.A. option is available to students who either wish to obtain a master's degree while continuing in the Ph.D. program, or who leave the program before finishing the PhD. Areas of emphasis in the Department include: demography; development; gender, work, and family; globalizing theory; military sociology; social psychology; and stratification.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Statistics for Sociological Research I
  • Statistics for Sociological Research II
  • Computer Methods for Sociologists
  • Development of Sociological Theory
  • Research Methodologies
  • Sociological Research Methods
  • Methods of Comparative and Historical Analysis
  • Contemporary Sociological Theory
  • Sociology of Knowledge
  • Theories of Social Psychology
  • Postmodern Theory
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Comparative Sociology
  • Population & Development
  • Sociology of Development
  • Theories of Globalization

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

  • GRE (Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing)
  • TOEFL required for all international students
  • Statement of Goals, experiences and research interests
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Writing Sample
  • Transcripts (undergraduate and graduate)

Tuition Fee

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    1363 USD/year
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  • National

    632 USD/year
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  • 1676 - 2840 USD/month
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