Program Details

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

This master of arts program is designed to help students advance their skills in the theories and methods used by sociologists as well as provide in-depth study in a variety of elective areas such as criminology, gender, class stratification, and urban sociology. Our students have access to a variety of support services including our computer lab, sociology lounge, and seminar room. All of our classes emphasize critical thinking and writing skills. Most courses have a seminar format with extensive interaction between students and faculty. All classes are offered in the evening to accommodate work schedules.

Many of our graduates are interested in going on to doctoral programs in sociology and we work with them to try to accomplish their goal. Others are currently employed and are pursuing a degree that will help them advance their present careers or move into new careers in government, social services, or community organizations.

Program Heads

Office Hours
Manohar, Namita Graduate Deputy 718.951.5000 x1771 3615 James Hall nmanohar @ Call/Email for appointment


Admission Requirements

Department Sociology
Fall Application Deadline March 1st
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, two letters of recommendation, personal statement and a writing sample. Non-degree applicants submit transcripts and a personal statement. Refer to instructions at .
TOEFL (paper, computer, internet) 500, 173, 61


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 writing sample, a personal statement, and two letters of recommendation. 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 complete 24 credits in the Sociology Department. The following courses are required: Sociology 7101X, 7102X, 7111X, 7112G, and 7113G, each with a grade of B or higher in order to remain matriculated in the program.

Students who have completed a course in statistics or pass an examination in statistics may be exempt from Sociology 7112G with permission of the graduate deputy chairperson.

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

Courses in the Sociology Department offered towards the degree must be 7000-level courses or higher.

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

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