Our Ph.D. program ranked 70th in the nation in 2021, according to U.S. News and World Reports.
Sociology graduate students regularly present their work at regional and national conferences.
Our master's program prepares students for data analysis and research careers with a range of employers.
Our curriculum is designed to expose students to the broad discipline of sociology while training them to develop expertise in specific areas within the discipline as they pursue their own research agendas.
Most of the faculty’s interest and expertise lie in six broad areas: health, life course, gender, sexuality, race, and urban studies. The department’s approach is to enable students to apply sociological principles in a real-world environment and to foster a close working relationship between faculty and graduate students.
The goals of the Department are to provide: A general intellectual foundation that supports the student’s analytic understanding of social life; a sound methodological background that prepares the student for social research; and a rich and specialized body of knowledge that equips the student for the practice of sociology in both the public and private sectors. Students are offered many opportunities to become actively involved in the discipline at the state, regional, or national levels.
The Department of Sociology at Georgia State offers a unique master’s degree program designed to train students to become research leaders in applied sociology or non-profit and governmental programs. It highlights methods and data analysis while offering theoretical training in one or more areas of choice.
This program is appropriate for students who are interested in a terminal, professional degree designed to qualify them for work in research, non-profit organizations, or other social service analysis or decision making field. This program is not appropriate for students who are interested in a Ph.D.
The Joint Master of Arts (M.A.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) degree program in sociology is designed for students who are entering graduate studies with a B.A. degree and for students with graduate degrees in non-social science fields. The broad knowledge of sociology comes through coursework in a variety of substantive areas, as well as through training in research methodology, statistics and theory.
The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree program provides students with a broad exposure to the discipline of sociology and in-depth study in special areas of expertise. Qualified students are accepted into the Ph.D.-only program after their completion of a master’s degree in sociology or a closely related field. The program is focused on producing highly skilled researchers who can perform research in both academic and non-academic environments.