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Applied Sociology, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
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The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at UMBC offers a graduate program leading to a Master of Arts degree in Applied Sociology. The degree program in Applied Sociology emphasizes the “practical side” of sociology and the acquisition of analytic skills to prepare students for employment in many professional settings, including public and private organizations involved in social research, social policy, and program development. Program foci include sociology of health; sociology of aging; selected areas of diversity, gender, and culture; and applied research methods. Graduates of the program work at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Social Security Administration, the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute of Aging, the Bureau of the Census, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), medical school and university research centers, non-profit organizations, and private research organizations.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Methodology of Social Science Research
  • Statistical Analysis
  • Inequality and Social Policy
  • Sociological Theory
  • Constructing Race, Class, and Gender
  • Cyberspace Culture
  • SAS for Social Scientists
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Social Epidemiology
  • Sociology of Aging
  • Family and Aging in Society
  • Work and Retirement
  • Gender, Work and Family in Cross-Cultural Perspective
  • Health and Illness in the 21st Century
  • Sociology of Health and Illness Behavior
  • Health Care Issues
  • Social History of American Medicine
  • Sociology of Mental Health and Illness
  • The Social and Institutional Roles of Nonprofit Organizations in American Society
  • Structure and Functions of Nonprofit Organizations
  • Advanced Selected Topics in Sociology
  • Directed Independent Study

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Goal Statement: In a 300-500 word statement, please discuss your academic objectives pertaining to your desired program plan to study, including contemplated research projects and professional career goals. Include any of your research or background as it fits with your desired program, along with any administrative, research, or teaching experiences.
  • Transcripts: You will have the opportunity to upload a single .pdf file as an unofficial transcript. Unofficial transcripts can be used for early admission considerations, however you are still required to submit official and final transcripts to complete your application.

Tuition Fee

  • National

    1132 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1132 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    659 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 659 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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