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M.A. in Applied Sociology

The Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Health Administration and Policy at UMBC offers a graduate program leading to a Master of Arts in Applied Sociology. The degree program in Applied Sociology emphasizes the “practical side” of sociology and the acquisition of analytic skills to prepare students for employment in many professional settings, including public and private organizations involved in social research, social policy, and program development. Program foci include sociology of health; sociology of aging; selected areas of diversity, gender, and culture; and applied research methods. Graduates of the program work at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Social Security Administration (SSA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Institute of Aging (NIA), the Bureau of the Census (BOC), the Maryland Department of Health (MDH), medical school and university research centers, non-profit organizations, and private research organizations.

The UMBC M.A. program in Applied Sociology awards as many as 20 M.A. degrees annually, making it one of the largest M.A.-only sociology graduate programs in the United States. Many courses are offered exclusively to M.A. students while others are open to both graduate and advanced undergraduate students. The program is designed to be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. Courses are offered at 4:30-7:00 pm or 7:10-9:40 pm one day per week Monday through Thursday to accommodate students with full-time employment or other obligations.

Students can enter the program either in the fall or spring semesters, with November 15 as the deadline for spring admission and March 15 for fall admission. Deadlines for international applicants are slightly earlier. Apply here.

A Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in the Nonprofit Sector is offered either separately or as part of the M.A. program. It consists of 4 courses, including 2 courses that analyze non-profit organizations, 1 course in methods or statistics, and 1 course in a substantive area relevant to non-profit organizations. These courses also count toward the M.A. degree, which permits M.A. students to complete the certificate without taking additional courses.

A number of assistantships are available in the department and elsewhere on and off campus. Assistantships require 10 to 20 hours of work per week and provide tuition remission, health insurance, and a stipend. Assistantships are assigned on a competitive basis.