Sociology fstudents taking a break from classes at homecoming.Sociology students taking a break from classes at homecoming.Interested in a graduate degree in Sociology? We offer two main degrees. The first is a online professional Master’s degree. The second is a traditional “bricks and mortar” PhD in Medical Sociology. We invite you to explore the degree program that interests you. If you have any questions about either program, please contact us.

Online MA in Applied Sociology

UAB Sociology offers one of the nation’s leading online sociology MA programs. We build digital learning communities where students can interact with faculty and each other in courses that transform the way you see the world and yourself.

At UAB Sociology, we deliver the same outstanding education online that we provide in our traditional classrooms, an education that equips students with the knowledge and skills they need to make meaningful contributions to their organizations and their communities. All while removing distance and other barriers to graduate study with a program that is entirely online.

Whether you are an educator seeking to expand your teaching and research skills or someone who recognizes that knowing more about applied sociology can help you build a better career in business or the non-profit sector, this program prepares you to better navigate a rapidly changing world.

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PhD in Medical Sociology

More than 60 alumni have graduated with a PhD in medical sociology from UAB. Our students take an assortment of classes in theory, statistics, research methods, and medical sociology, and conduct research on a health-related topic for their dissertation. Usually it takes about four-to-five years to earn the PhD. With UAB's prestigious medical school, seven hospitals, and several on-campus clinics and medical research centers, there are numerous opportunities and fellowships for research and training.

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With the exception of few alumni who hold administrative positions, about half our grads teach and conduct research in universities, while the other half conduct research full-time. Some are affiliated with medical schools (e.g., UAB, Harvard, South Carolina, Texas, Miami), schools of public health (e.g., UAB, Brown), and various colleges and universities in the US (e.g., UAB, William & Mary, Mary Baldwin, Tuskegee, Mississippi State, Western Kentucky, Middle Tennessee, Akron) or abroad in Europe and Asia. One holds an endowed chair at the University of Arizona in Tucson, another is Vice-President for Research at Blue Cross/Blue Shield in Philadelphia, and another is Director of Strategic Development at CE Outcomes in New York City. The largest concentration of our grads (six) is at CDC in Atlanta, helping solve the nation’s health problems.

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