Message from the Director of Graduate Studies

Professor Sarah Babb

Thank you for your interest in our department’s graduate training, which consists of both Ph.D. and M.A. programs. Many things make Boston College an attractive site to study sociology. Our talented and widely published faculty are committed to strong research, mentoring, and teaching. They provide in-depth exposure to the central traditions of sociology while encouraging innovative interdisciplinary research.

Our faculty members and graduate students are very active in various professional associations (e.g., American Sociological Association), and many are public sociologists who frequently appear in the national and international media. Simply, we are a vibrant and supportive community, which embraces methodological pluralism and values high caliber research that can make a difference. Another major advantage of graduate studies at Boston College is the quality of students drawn to our program.

Our faculty and graduate students have wide-ranging interests, but we have particularly strong concentrations of expertise in the areas of: Aging and the Life Course; Advanced Statistical Methodology; Environmental Sociology; Family and Carework; Gender; Global and Transnational Sociology; Qualitative Methods; Race; and Sociology of Development. Our faculty clusters page provides a sense of our leading concentrations of faculty interest and expertise. I encourage you to look at our faculty’s individual profiles as well to learn more about their research and other professional activities.

Two additional aspects of our graduate program include our Departmental Seminar Series — an ongoing forum for exposing students and faculty to cutting—edge research and writing in the social sciences–and our Distinguished Visiting Scholars Series. The Visiting Scholar Series brings leading sociological scholars to the Boston College campus for an intensive period of residency, providing a unique opportunity for graduate students to dialogue and develop relations with a wide variety of important sociologists.

If you have any questions about our graduate program, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Interested in a graduate degree at BC? Applicants are accepted through the Graduate School of the Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences Admission Office.

Where Our Graduates Work

Assistant Professor of Political Sociology

Hebrew University, Israel

Associate Dean for Humanities and Social Science Research

Drexel University

Chief Program Officer & Chief Learning Officer

Hunt Alternative Fund

Chief of the Scientific Review Branch

Division of Extramural Research and Training
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences - NIH
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina



Professor of Sociology

University of California, Santa Barbara

Professor of Sociology

Cornell University


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B.A./M.A. five-year program

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M.A. program

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Ph.D. program