M.A. degree program in sociology
HEGIS code 2208
NYS SED program code 02110

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The M.A. in sociology program is designed to help students advance their skills in the theories and research methods used by sociologists. The program engenders mastery in critical, analytical and methodological approaches in sociology, and in academic writing skills. Our students will have the benefit of intensive study in a variety of methodological areas such as statistics, qualitative research, and demography and in substantive areas such as inequality, criminology, families, immigration and labor, urban sociology and globalization. The program prepares students for doctoral-level work in the field, and professions in which facility in social research methods and critical thinking are essential components. Most courses have a seminar format with extensive interaction between students and faculty. All classes are offered in the evening to accommodate work schedules.

Program Heads

Office Hours
Smithsimon, Gregory Graduate Deputy 718.951.5000 x1770 3103b James Hall gsmithsimon @ brooklyn.cuny.edu Email for apppointments


Admission Requirements

Department Sociology
Fall Application Deadline March 1st - Apply by deadline for priority consideration
Spring Application Deadline The program does not accept applications for Spring
Supporting Documents for Matriculation:
Submit the following documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions: transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (applicants who earned a bachelor's degree outside the United States need to submit a 'Course by Course International Transcript Evaluation.' http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/web/admissions/graduate/apply/documents.php), two letters of recommendation, personal statement and a writing sample. Non-degree applicants submit transcripts and a personal statement. Refer to instructions at http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/web/admissions/graduate/apply.php .
TOEFL (paper, computer, internet) 500, 173, 61


The MA degree program in sociology is not accepting students for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Matriculation requirements
Applicants must offer at least 12 credits in advanced courses in sociology or a related social science, including a B+ or better in courses in social theory and methods of research, a sample of your best academic writing, a personal statement outlining your interest in sociology, including research interests and future plans, and two letters of recommendation evaluating your academic credentials and skills. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are encouraged.

General matriculation and admission requirements of the Division of Graduate Studies are in the section "Admission."
Degree requirements
Thirty-one to 32 credits are required for the degree. Students must petition in writing and receive permission from the Graduate Deputy for courses taken outside the department to count toward the M.A. degree in Sociology. Students must complete all the following, I through IV.

I: The following courses are required: Sociology 7101X, 7111X, 7112G, 7113G, 7502X, and 7503X, each with a grade of B or higher in order to remain matriculated in the program.

II: Students must complete any 2 of the following research methods courses without repeating a course twice: Sociology 7201X, 7203X, 7401X, each with a grade of B or higher in order to remain matriculated in the program. Sociology 7401X, can however, be taken more than once if the special topics are different.

III: Students must complete any 2 of the following social theory courses without repeating a course twice: Sociology 7314X, 7321X, 7323X, 7341X, 7342X, 7343X, 7344X, 7361X, 7370X, 7403X, each with a grade of B or higher in order to remain matriculated in the program.

IV. Students must complete a thesis. The topic must be approved by a faculty advisor and the graduate deputy chairperson. Students must register for SOCY 7601G and then if necessary SOCY 7602G while completing the thesis.

The program of study must be approved by the deputy chairperson.