Sociology, M.A. | University of Washington | Seattle, United States
12 months
31530 USD/year
31530 USD/year
18057 USD/year
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Graduate study in Sociology at the University of Washington is designed for students pursuing a Ph.D.  Students must complete a MA degree before beginning Ph.D. level work. 


Key facts

For students arriving with a bachelor's degree, the first year the program involves graduate coursework that is relatively structured. Students work on completing their course requirements and a master's thesis. After successfully completing a MA degree, students are typically advanced to the Ph.D. portion of the graduate program. At the Ph.D. level, training is less structured and increasingly focused on the dissertation research. Students typically work as either a teaching assistant, research assistant, or teaching associate during their graduate studies.

MA Portion of The Ph.D. Program

The Sociology at the University of Washington is designed primarily as preparation for Ph.D. work; it is not a terminal degree, although it may serve as good training for non-academic research. The MA program consists of three elements:

  • Substantive training: coursework in substantive areas and social theory
  • Methodological training: work in social statistics and general social science methodologies
  • The Master's Thesis: independent empirical research conducted under the supervision of the MA Committee.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Statistical Concepts And Methods For The Social Sciences
  • Sociology Of Sport
  • Social Psychology
  • African American Family
  • Introduction To The Sociology Of Deviance And Social Control
  • Foundations Of Social Inquiry
  • Sociological Theory
  • The Family In Cross-cultural Perspective
  • Women In The Social Structure
  • Criminology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


45 alternative credits

quarter credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Electronic Application and $85 Application Fee.
  • Statement of Purpose
  • GRE scores
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Writing Sample
  • Unofficial Transcripts
  • TOEFL English Language Proficiency Scores Are REQUIRED for ALL International Applicants (non-US citizens), and Non-Native English Speakers

Tuition Fee

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    31530 USD/year
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  • National

    31530 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 31530 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    18057 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 18057 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Seattle

1480 - 2580 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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