May 22, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Sociology MA

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The Department of Sociology conducts innovative research, while also remaining committed to teaching and mentoring students. Students in the graduate program gain an in-depth understanding in the department’s areas of expertise (family and the life course; law and social policy; social inequalities; urban and community; work, occupations and institutions) while also benefiting from close, collaborative relationships with faculty. This unique combination of academic rigor and faculty mentoring prepares students to be first-rate researchers.

Electives & Culminating Experience (21 credits)

Electives (15-21 credits)

Number of elective credits may vary depending on choice made to complete the culminating experience. Be sure to complete enough elective credit to reach 30 minimum total credit hours.

Select from:

  • All Graduate Level Sociology (SOC) courses 
  • Limit of 3 credits SOC 575: Selected Topic Readings.
  • Limit 1 course outside of department with permission of the Director of Graduate Studies. 

Culminating Experience: Project or Portfolio (0-6 credits)

Total Credit Hours: 30

3.0 Degree GPA required


Instruction Method

  • In Person (100 percent of courses offered in person)

Full/Part Time Options

  • Full Time

Credits Required

  • 30 Hours


  • 2 Years

Application Fee

  • $75

Admission Test

  • GRE, optional

Program Contact

Maggie Balles
405 Park Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260
Phone: 716-645-2586
Fax: 716-645-2166

SED Statement

This program is officially registered with the New York State Education Department (SED).

Online programs/courses may require students to come to campus on occasion. Time-to-degree and number of credit hours may vary based on full/part time status, degree, track and/or certification option chosen. Time-to-degree is based on calendar year(s). Contact the department for details.

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