12 months
31308 USD/year
31308 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Howard University's Department of Sociology and Criminology is a vibrant and diverse department offering both the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Sociology.


In the Department, the Master of Arts (M.A.) in Sociology and Criminology program at the  Howard University serves primarily as the first graduate degree for students seeking academic careers and high level social science positions in the public and private sectors. 

The programme

Such students usually undertake a course of study that leads to the Ph.D. degree. Students seeking careers in middle level social science positions in the government or private sectors may pursue the M.A. program as a terminal degree.

Programme Structure

All students must complete 18 credit hours of required core courses as follows:

  • Six (6) credit hours in Sociological Theory: Courses used to fulfill this requirement are Sociological Theory I and Sociological Theory II
  • Six (6) credit hours in Sociological Research Methods and Skills: Courses used to fulfill this requirement are Sociological Research I and Sociological Research II
  • Three (3) credit hours of Statistics: The course used to fulfill this requirement is Advanced Statistics I
  • Three (3) credit hours of General Sociology: The course used to satisfy this requirement is Perspectives in Sociology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
3 (recommended)

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.00 for graduate (Consult graduate department for exception to this requirement)
  • Minimum number of credits - 30
  • Submission of a thesis in partial fulfilment of requirement for many departments
  • Statement of Academic Interest & Professional Goals
  • Autobiographical Sketch
  • Resume
  • Three letters of recommendation (minimum)          
  • Official transcripts from each university or college attended
  • Official Transcripts

International Applicants Special Admission Requirements

  • Official transcripts, final certificates and/or mark/grade sheets must be sent directly from the college or university to the Office of Graduate Recruitment and Admissions
  • If the documents are not in English, they must be accompanied by an official translated copy.
  • An academic evaluation by a NACES member is required from all international students who have studied outside of the United States
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language

Tuition Fee

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  • International

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    Based on the tuition of 31308 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    31308 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 31308 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Washington, D. C.

1705 - 2975 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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