12 months
698 USD/credit 37692 USD/year
698 USD/credit 37692 USD/year
471 USD/credit 25434 USD/year
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Serve the city and your community with a graduate degree in sociology. The Sociology program from Portland State University will challenge you to improve people's daily lives and society more broadly through community engagement and policy-relevant research.

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The challenging Sociology program from Portland State University supports you from your first term through graduation and on into competitive careers in the field. Students work closely with faculty to learn research skills in their coursework as well as through thesis and dissertation research projects (Ph.D. program only).

In your courses, you will learn to integrate theory with a variety of quantitative and qualitative methodological approaches. You will study the dynamics of human behavior and social interaction in areas such as medical sociology, environmental sociology, education, criminology, and sociology of gender. 

The research-active faculty teach classes on a wide range of topics with specific emphasis on issues related to social inequalities. You can work closely with faculty on community-based research projects that identify ways to improve the lives and economic well-being of your neighbors. Our partners include community organizations, schools, state and city agencies, and hospitals, and medical research centers.


The graduates have gone on to teach at colleges and universities or work in applied research.

Graduates with Sociology MS degrees find positions in applied research or other positions requiring M.S.-level qualifications. Students graduating with a Ph.D. from our program find positions as faculty members at colleges and universities or take research focused jobs in the public or private sectors.

The graduates are helping create meaningful change as researchers in the private and public sectors, including Research Into Action, Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research, Veterans Affairs, OHSU, the State of Oregon, and Multnomah County's Division of Community Justice. Graduates of our Ph.D. program hold faculty positions at Western Oregon University, Lewis and Clark, Western New Mexico University, Pacific University, and Escuela de Salud Pública de la Universidad del Valle.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Qualitative Data Analysis
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Theoretical Perspectives in Sociology
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Gender Inequality
  • Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Methods

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


54 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • To be considered for regular admission, applicants must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or the equivalent (on the U.S. 4.0 scale) from the degree granting institution(s). Applicants who have earned 9 or more letter-graded graduate credits must have a minimum graduate GPA of 3.0 or the equivalent; this graduate GPA supersedes the undergraduate GPA. 
  • Copies of official degree certificate/diploma
  • Certified translation of transcripts
  • Financial documentation demonstrating adequate financial support for at least the first year of study

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    37692 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 698 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    37692 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 698 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    25434 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 471 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Portland

1271 - 2262 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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