The graduate program in sociology offers special concentrations in Social Inequalities, Family and the Life Course, Urban and Community Sociology, Law and Social Policy, and Organizations and Institutions leading to a Master of Arts and/or a Doctor of Philosophy degree. In addition to the Department's core areas of specialization, faculty across multiple areas study issues related to the sociology of health.
The UB Department of Sociology is an exciting place to pursue an advanced degree in sociology. The Department has a strong, energetic faculty dedicated to providing students with top-notch training in research methods, statistics, and sociological theory, as well as in the Department’s traditional areas of expertise in social inequality, health, urban and community sociology, family and life course sociology, law and social policy, and institutions and organizations. Faculty members in the department have wide-ranging research interests, ranging from the causes and consequences and race, class, and gender inequality, to the decision-making processes of families, lawyers, and doctors, to contemporary sociological theory and advanced statistics.
Faculty and students in the Department routinely collaborate on research studies, conference presentations, research grants, and peer-reviewed publications. In recent years, faculty and students have coauthored studies published in leading academic journals such as the Sociology of Education and Social Science Research. Our current graduate students say they are glad they choose to study sociology at UB because “the faculty are available and easy to approach….and they are incredibly supportive” (4th year Ph.D. student), the “faculty are enthusiastic,….focus on assisting students, and the welcoming environment for new students” (1st year M.A. student), and the “professors are quite approachable and willing to chat about their research projects, past experiences, and the ideas graduate students are thinking about pursuing...the department has a friendly and open atmosphere and the professors have set that tone” (3rd year Ph.D. student).
The Department takes great pride in having constructed a professional environment in which faculty members not only have high expectations for students in the program, but are also genuinely interested in students as individuals. Students are encouraged to tailor an individualized program in an area of concentration within the department.
Middle States Commission on Higher Education and the New York State Board of Regents
International Student Requirements:
Foreign applicants are also required to complete a financial support form as part of the application process.
Facts & Figures
International Financial Aid:
# of Credits Required:
M.A (30 credit hours
Average Cost per Credit (Graduate):
In State: $432; Out of State: $841 USD
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