Sociology

College
College of Social Sciences & Humanities
Study Options
Full Time
Locations
Boston
Website
Full Program Description

The Ph.D. program is designed to attract students who wish to develop a broad base of sociological knowledge, such as would equip students to embark on academic careers in leading institutions of higher education. The Ph.D. program boasts a wide array of curricular strengths and diverse methodological offerings, all of which draw upon the department’s emphasis on the study of social inequalities along lines of race, class, and gender. Faculty expertise ranges widely from domestic U.S. concerns to issues that affect groups, regions, and societies on a global scale.

The Ph.D. program is organized around four key areas of concentration.

College
College of Social Sciences & Humanities
Study Options
Full Time, Part Time
Locations
Boston
Website
Full Program Description

The M.A. program is designed to address the needs of applicants who seek professional training in a focused area of social research that can be chosen from urban sociology, environmental sociology, medical sociology, and several other fields. The program encourages students to develop deep expertise in research design, methodological techniques (whether quantitative or qualitative), evaluation research, and other research skills that are essential to data analysis and decision-making in varied organizational settings. It also equips students with substantive knowledge in fields that are relevant to consulting organizations, social policy and planning contexts, and non-profit organizations. Some proportion of M.A. students may elect to go on to academic Ph.D. training, though this is not the core mission of the M.A. program. Students who wish to enter into professional or research positions after completing the M.A. are advised to substitute an additional methods or statistics class for one of the two theory courses the department otherwise requires. Choices include training in program evaluation, GIS, and social epidemiology, in addition to traditional quantitative analysis. M.A. students who are considering continuing on with academic training are advised to complete the full two-course theory sequence.