12 months
1187 USD/credit 35610 USD/year
1109 USD/credit 33270 USD/year
468 USD/credit 14040 USD/year
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If you're fascinated by how people interact with one another, and how relationships, social groups, and political structures influence our actions, an MA in Sociology from The University of Alabama at Birmingham could be for you. You can become an expert in how society functions, which can position you to pursue a career in business, government, non-profits, or another profession.


While the MA is a great launching pad into any of those careers, it's also the first step toward earning a PhD in Medical Sociology. In fact, because we don't offer a terminal MA in Medical Sociology, we've made it a specific concentration and a stepping stone to the PhD program. 

Plan I (thesis option), as we call it, requires that you completes six semester hours of thesis research, a research-based thesis, and an oral defense. 

Plan II (non-thesis option) is a nine-course online program that builds upon your professional experience. It's perfect if you already have an undergraduate degree but just want to diversify your skill set. No matter which track you choose, however, you can count on faculty and advisor mentoring as we provide you with opportunities to work as a teaching assistant or research assistant on projects, grants, or in various research centers.

Fast Facts:

  • This Sociology program from The University of Alabama at Birmingham was ranked No. 1 in the nation among online master's in sociology programs by BestColleges.com.
  • Many careers within sociology are in high demand. Community service management careers—a common path for those with sociology degrees—will grow 18 percent over the next 10 years (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Programme Structure


  • Applied Sociological Theory
  • Public Sociology
  • Sociological Practice
  • Social Capital and Social Networks
  • Consumer Culture
  • Sociology of Education

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH



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Other requirements

General requirements

Minimum admission requirements are as follows:

  • A bachelor's or master's degree from an accredited institution with a minimum of 12 hours of social science coursework.
  • An overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0, based on a 4.0 system, or a 3.2 GPA for the last 60 semester hours in a BA/BS program.
  • A 3.0 GPA in all previous graduate coursework.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    35610 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1187 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    33270 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1109 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    14040 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 468 USD per credit during 12 months.


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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