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Get where you need to go with UMBC’s flexible, affordable, top-ranked Master of Arts in Applied Sociology program. 

The graduate program in Applied Sociology prepares students for careers in program development and evaluation, policy analysis, and research in the fields of health, aging, and diversity and gender. The program is open to students with all undergraduate majors and to both full-time and part-time students.

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Program Overview

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. Students in the program can focus on the sociology of health, illness and medicine; aging and the life course, selected areas of diversity, gender and culture; and applied research methods.

Graduates of our program work at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Institute of Aging (NIA), the Census Bureau, Maryland Department of Health, medical schools, and university research centers, nonprofit organizations, and private research organizations.

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30 credits

$659 / credit – Maryland resident

$1,132 / credit – Non resident


UMBC Main Campus,
Catonsville, MD

Time To Complete

The program is offered full-time and part-time.

Application Deadlines

Spring Semester 2020 – December 1 

Fall Semester 2021 – May 1

UMBC Overview

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