Your Journey Starts Here

Boston University undergraduates studying sociology go on to interesting careers or further training across all disciplines. Graduates of the MA and PhD programs pursue careers in academia, obtaining professorships at schools including Johns Hopkins University and College of William & Mary. Our graduates also pursue careers in non-academic positions, including recent placements at the Department of Justice and City of Boston. Take the first step toward your future and apply today!

Undergraduate Admissions

Studying sociology gives students a deeper understanding of the world around them, teaching them to look at everything from a new perspective. Through this program, students receive valuable research, writing, analytic, and professional skills that prepare them for careers across many fields. In all of our classes, students will meet accessible and internationally renowned faculty, welcoming peers, and supportive staff.

How to Apply

The department is not involved in the undergraduate admissions process. Students interested in applying to Boston University should seek assistance from the BU Admissions Office.

Graduate Admissions

Graduate study in Sociology at Boston University includes both a Master’s and a PhD program.  Building on core knowledge in social theory and in research methods, students specialize in diverse subfields within Sociology. Students pursue original research that contributes to the field, laying a foundation for academic and non-academic careers.

The interests of our students reach from the city of Boston and New England to Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa.  Recent dissertations and current work have explored such topics as gentrification of two Boston neighborhoods and the role that middle-class families with children play in this process; diversity and privilege through the eye of young people growing up in an elite suburban community in Massachusetts; cultivation of refined tastes in US elite food consumption; earthquake risk-driven urban transformations in Istanbul, Turkey and their effect on precarious service workers; transnational aid programs reliance on local labor in Jordan; role of transgender community in Thailand in ushering transnational medical tourism to this country; public health programs to combat non-communicative disease burden in Sierra Leone; war-related volunteer work in contemporary Ukraine; and suppression of religious pluralism in post-Soviet Central Asia.

The program emphasizes core knowledge and theory as well as rigor and innovation in research. The research and teaching interests of the faculty facilitate diverse research agendas for students.

How to Apply

Students interested in applying for admission to any graduate degree program in the Sociology Department should begin by consulting the guidelines available from the Boston University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

The graduate program only admits students in the fall. The application deadline is January 15th.  All applications must be submitted directly  to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Applications must include:

  • Graduate School Application Form;
  • Transcripts from each college or university attended;
  • A Personal Statement, clarifying your interests, experience and educational objectives;
  • Writing Sample; and
  • Three Letters of Recommendation from people who know your academic work.

**Please Note: Submission of official GRE General Test scores is not mandatory and does not factor into an applicant’s admission decision. However, if applicants take the GRE General Test, applicants can submit the scores if they so choose.

The Department of Sociology is committed to building a robust multicultural environment for teaching and learning  and strongly encourages women and people from underrepresented groups to apply.  Applications from international students are welcome.  Proof of English proficiency is required of all applicants by submitting official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). For more information about language proficiency requirements and frequently asked questions, please visit the Graduate School’s website.

Please direct all graduate admissions inquiries to socdept@bu.edu.