Graduate Program in Sociology

Welcome from the Director of Graduate Studies: Kate Strully

Director of Graduate Studies:
Kate Strully

The Department of Sociology at the University at Albany is an exciting and congenial place to pursue a graduate education.  We offer several degree programs:

  • PhD in Sociology;
  • joint PhD in Sociology/MA in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies;
  •  MA in Sociology;
  • combined BA/MA in Sociology;
  • and, a certificate program in Demography.

Graduate student mentorship is a priority for our department. Our productive faculty work in a range for methodologies and substantive areas and regularly collaborate and co-author with students.

Research strengths in the department are diverse and include, but are not limited to, Social and Demographic Change (including families, immigration, life course, and demography), Institutions and Social Control (including medical, work, political, and crime/deviance), and Inequalities (including race, class, gender, and sexualities).

Our graduate students are an exceptional and productive group of scholars.  They publish in major journals in the field, regularly present at conferences, and go on to jobs in top universities and government positions.

Students enrolled in our graduate program take advantage of many of the excellent research centers on campus, including the Center for Social and Demographic Analysis, the Lewis Mumford Center for Comparative Urban and Regional Research, the Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities, the Center for Women in Government and Civil Society, and the Hindelang Criminal Justice Research Center. Students also frequently build productive relationships with other schools in the university, including the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, the Schools of Education, Criminal Justice, Public Health, Social Welfare.

Students from groups underrepresented in the discipline are especially encouraged to apply, including students of color, first-generation college students, LGBTQ+ students, and students with disabilities. The university offers two fellowship programs for students who contribute to diversity in the graduate student body:  the Carson Carr Graduate Diversity Fellowship and the Presidential Doctoral Fellowship in Health Disparities Training.

We have a strong presence of international students in the department. The Office of International Student and Scholar Services is dedicated to helping international students transition smoothly to study in the U.S.

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