Sociology, M.A. | University of Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh, United States
24 months
42324 USD/year
42324 USD/year
24962 USD/year
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We offer a Master of Arts (MA) degree as a step on the way to a PhD in Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh. 


Study for the MA degree includes a sequence of required core courses, elective courses, and a master's thesis. Graduate study for the MA degree is expected to take two years of full-time or full-time -equivalent study (or less for a student transferring credit for prior graduate study).

Programme Overview

For the MA degree in Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh, a student must earn 36 credits in approved graduate studies (or less if credit is transferred from graduate study completed at another institution). Graduate study for the MA requires ten courses (three credits each) and an MA thesis (six credits).

The master's thesis is expected to demonstrate ability to develop and execute a sociological-research project. The completion and defense of the thesis is expected by the end of the second year of graduate study and required by the middle of the third year.

During the second term of the first year, the student chooses a topic for the master's thesis and selects a thesis advisor. The student's MA thesis committee should consist of the thesis advisor and two other faculty members, approved by the director of graduate studies. Next, the student should submit and gain committee approval for a thesis proposal.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Social Statistics
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Applied Regression Analysis
  • Research Resign
  • Classical Theory
  • Post-Classical Theory

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Completed application form
  • Personal statement
  • Transcript copies uploaded online
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Non-U.S. citizens: TOEFL or IELTS scores

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    42324 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 42324 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    42324 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 42324 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    24962 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 24962 USD per year during 24 months.

Part-time: LOCAL: $1,003 per credit NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL: $1,728 per credit

Living costs for Pittsburgh

1148 - 1944 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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