12 months
36880 USD/year
36880 USD/year
18894 USD/year
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University of Massachusetts Boston's Applied Sociology MA program is designed to help students understand the social forces that shape their world with practical training in research methods, statistics, and evaluation research.


The Applied Sociology program's applied focus integrates research approaches and course work that emphasizes a wide range of faculty specializations.  

Applied MA Requirement Overview: 

  • Core courses that provide a foundation in the theories and methods used by applied sociologists including foundations of applied sociology; applied sociological theory; social policy analysis; social problems; complex organizations; and research methods.
  • Elective courses to substantive expertise in areas such as criminology, the sociology of law, urban sociology, medical sociology, race, gender, or immigration. 
  • Complete an internship and/or coursework in the teaching of sociology. 
  • Capstone requirement:  Masters Thesis, research paper or comprehensive exam.  


University of Massachusetts Boston graduates are researchers, managers, instructors, policy analysts, and service providers in health care, social service and criminal justice agencies, and in corporate departments throughout the area and the country. Many have continued their advanced studies in PhD programs.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Foundations of Applied Sociology
  • Classical Sociological Theory
  • Meth Of Research
  • Teaching Sociology: Theory & Practice 
  • Field Work
  • Thesis Research in Applied Sociology 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


37 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • BA/BS in sociology, 3.0 GPA minimum.
  • If not a sociology major, at least 18 credits in undergraduate sociology or another social science field (i.e. psychology, anthropology) related to program objectives. 
  • Successful completion of undergraduate coursework in sociological theory (in addition to Intro to Sociology), research methodology, and statistics.
  • A personal statement [1,200 words] on academic and career interests in applied sociology, including the applicant's desired area of specialization. 
  • An academic writing sample from a course in sociology or a related field. 
  • Three letters of recommendation (one must be faculty member) from individuals acquainted with the applicant's interests who are qualified to evaluate one's potential for sustained graduate study in applied sociology. 
  • International Students:  Applicants from countries where English is not the primary language are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).   

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    36880 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18440 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    36880 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18440 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • In-State

    18894 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9447 USD per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for Boston

1560 - 3239 USD /month
Living costs

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


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