M.A. On Campus


Boston University

12 months
58560 USD/year
58560 USD/year
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The Master of Arts in Sociology program at Boston University prepares students broadly in the basic skills used by a sociologist. Our goal is to provide advanced training beyond the undergraduate level for work as an applied social scientist outside of academic life, as in government administrative jobs or research departments or community programs.


Key facts

The Sociology program requirements at Boston University include coursework and an MA thesis that makes an original contribution to sociological knowledge. Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree in any discipline; a bachelor’s degree in sociology is preferable but not required.


In addition to coursework, candidates must write a thesis on a project of original research, resulting in a paper that demonstrates the student’s skills in sociological research and analysis. The thesis shall be written with the consent of an advisor and under the supervision of a master’s thesis committee consisting of two members, one of whom must be the advisor.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Advanced Sociological Theory
  • Proseminar: Sociological Methods
  • Contemporary Sociological Theory
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Quantitative Methods in Sociological Analysis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


32 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements


  • Transcripts
  • Three academic recommendations
  • Personal statement/statement of purpose
  • Academic writing sample


  • Certified English translations of all transcripts and academic records.  

Tuition Fee

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1560 - 3239 USD /month
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