why get a master's degree in Sociology?

What are the MA program’s strengths?

  • Highly skilled, enthusiastic, and intelligent faculty trained in the latest theoretical and methodological approaches from top tier research universities.
  • Small class sizes permit individualized attention in a friendly, caring environment
  • Faculty are committed to both scholarly rigor and social justice

What areas of sociology does the department specialize in?

We pride ourselves on being methodologically diverse and covering a wide breadth of sociological topics. Students will find multiple faculty working in the following areas:

  • Social Theory
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Political Economy
  • Gender
  • Global Sociology
  • Lifecourse: Aging, Youth, Adulthood
  • Cities/Communities/Urban Sociology
  • Culture
  • Microsociology/Social Psychology
  • Poverty
  • Environment/Sustainable Development

What kind of students are we looking for?

  • Hard working
  • Intellectually curious
  • Interested in sociological questions
  • Loves to read about the social world
  • Concern for social justice
  • Sociological research experience at the undergraduate level (preferred, but not required for admission)

What do students do after they graduate with an MA in Sociology from FAU?

Students who graduate with an MA in Sociology leave with a strong sociological imagination and practical research skills that will serve them well in PhD programs or careers related to non-profit, government, education, law, or public policy.

MA graduates have been offered jobs as research analysts, consultants, teachers, human resource managers, program managers, and more.

In the past few years, our MA graduates have been accepted into well-regarded PhD programs, including: Florida State University, Ohio State University, University of Utah, University of Virginia, SUNY Binghamton, University of Massachussetts-Amherst, University of Illinois, and many more.

For more information on our graduate alumni, click here.

Further Information

Potential applicants interested in learning more about the FAU MA in Sociology are encouraged to speak with Dr. J. Lotus Seeley (seeleyj@fau.edu), Director of Graduate Studies for Sociology.