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Degree Programs and Admissions Procedures

Sociology Department

The Sociology department offers five graduate programs, including the Ph.D. and Master's degrees, two dual degrees, and graduate coursework for non-degree seeking students, classified as Special. The programs, brief descriptions, and instructions on how to apply are listed below. Note that international students have additional requirements. Applications for M.A. and Ph.D. study are reviewed only once a year.

For more information on program requirements, see the Graduate Handbook.

For information on admissions not covered below, please contact our Director of Graduate Admissions Natasha Sarkisian at sarkisin@bc.edu.

Degree Description How to Apply
Ph.D. The Ph.D. program is organized around the theme Social Economy and Social Justice: Gender, Race, and Class in a Global Context, and prepares students for a variety of careers as university and college faculty and as researchers and decision makers in business, the public sector, and non-profit organizations. The primary criteria for admission are academic performance and promise of outstanding independent work. Submit, in addition to the Grad School of Arts and Sciences requirements, a statement of purpose, a writing sample, and any other information that might enhance your candidacy. GREs are required. Apply online. The deadline for application is January 1.
M.A. Prepares students for careers in the area of social research, applied sociological analysis, and basic college-level teaching, while also providing the foundation for advanced graduate-level study toward the Ph.D. Superior students, regardless of their undergrad area of specialization, are encouraged to apply. Submit, in addition to the Grad School of Arts and Sciences requirements, a statement of purpose, a writing sample, and any other information that might enhance your candidacy. GREs are  required. Apply online. The deadline for application is February 2.
B.A./M.A. Combination Bachelor's and Master's in Sociology in five years. The application process should begin in the first semester of the junior year. Admission is very selective normally, a student must have an overall GPA of at least 3.5 after five semesters, with at least a 3.5 GPA in sociology courses. Submit, in addition to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences requirements, a statement of purpose, a writing sample, and any other information that might enhance your candidacy. GREs are recommended but not required. Apply online. The deadline for application is February 2. For more information, consult Natasha Sarkisian.
M.B.A./Ph.D.
M.B.A/M.A.
This is a joint effort of BC's Carroll Graduate School of Management and the Sociology Department. The programs involve an interdisciplinary curriculum that provides social researchers with a systematic understanding of the business and workplace environment, and trains managers in social research techniques appropriate to their needs. Apply online to both schools, GSAS and the Carroll School. The deadline for the Grad School of Arts and Sciences is January 1 for PhD applicants and February 2 for MA applicants; check with the Carroll School to find out its deadline.
Special
Non-degree
Students who wish to do non-degree coursework may apply as special students. Special students may enroll for no more than 6 hours of course work in any given semester, and should contact the professor in the course in which they wish to enroll prior to the first day of class, in order to confirm permission. (International students can only be accepted as full-time students and are not eligible to occupy special student status.) Special students may file applications until August 15 for Fall admissions and until December 15 for Spring admissions. For more information, see the Special Students section of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences website.