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Master of Arts


Program of Study

Experience exceptional methods of training in quantitative, qualitative and historical-comparative methods throughout the program. UAlbany offers small classes for one-on-one interaction with professors and an in-depth learning experience. Topics of discussion include:

  • Women and welfare
  • Cultural sociology
  • Medical sociology
  • Population health
  • Crime and deviance
  • Migration in global perspective
  • Economic sociology
  • Sociology of children and youth

Faculty mentors will guide you towards your thesis topic, providing resources and valuable insight for your focus area.

See the Graduate Bulletin for details.
For more information contact Joanna Dreby at [email protected].

Required Courses

24-26 credits

  • Research Methods
  • Sociological Theories I and II
  • Intermediate Statistics for Sociologists
  • Orientation to Sociology
  • Master's Thesis in Sociology
  • Sociology Electives (4 – 10 credits)

Supporting Courses

Courses in fields other than sociology as advised. (0-6 credits)

Resident Study

Each student must complete at least 9 credits of study in one semester of a regular academic year, or, with permission, one full-time summer session.

Graduate Student Handbook


Applied Learning

At UAlbany, we prioritize creating a strong sense of community. The graduate student organization and Sociology students, regularly organize panels, workshops and other social events to bring together students and faculty in a collaborative environment.

Apply your knowledge to real-world challenges within your sociological topic of interest with a graduate level internship. Learn how to utilize statistics, focus groups, interviews, archival searches and social observation build skills for your career.

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Career Outcomes

With a Master of Arts in Sociology you can pursue your PhD or obtain positions in areas like research, higher education and law enforcement.

Potential jobs titles include:

  • Case Manager
  • School Social Worker
  • College Instructor
  • Drug and Alcohol Counselor


    "I realized it was the right decision to choose the MA program in sociology at UAlbany before finishing the very first semester. The department of sociology has become a warm family for me. Professors are always considerate, professional and helpful. They are willing to help us with any academic problems even beyond classes and office hours. In addition, having classes together with PhD students, I am receiving a more solid training with higher standards, which stimulates me to think, practice and create. I highly recommend MA program at UAlbany if you are considering embarking on your academic adventure!"

    - Yi, former MA student

    Admissions Requirements

    • Fall: July 15
    • Spring: December 1
    • Summer: Not Available

    There is no departmental assistantship consideration for this program.

    Required Application Materials
    • Transcripts from all schools attended
    • Three Letters of Recommendation
    • Official GRE scores (GRE scores greater than 5 years old will not be accepted.)*

    *The GRE will be waived for applicants for the Spring 2022, Summer 2022, and Fall 2022 semesters.

    To request a GRE waiver, please email [email protected].

    Supplemental Documents

    Statement of Goals
    The statement is generally one to two pages discussing what you have to offer the program and what you wish to get out of the program.  It should include a brief description of the applicant's field of interest, related background, desired area of study and research emphasis or career goals. 

    Writing Sample


    Special Notes

    This program offers an internship, field experience, study abroad component, or clinical experience in the course listing as an option to fulfill course requirements. Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of certain academic programs and/or to meet licensure requirements for certain professions. If applicants have concerns about this matter please contact the Dean’s Office of the intended academic program.

    Student Learning Objectives

    Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.

    Master of Arts
    • Students will demonstrate mastery of qualitative and quantitative research methods and design and  use intermediate statistics to conduct research.
    • Students will define and critically evaluate theoretical orientations, learn  how these reflect historical and cultural context, and how they can be applied to social research.
    • Students will be able to demonstrate graduate level research skills in a substantial paper.