ABM SociologyExceptional students currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program in the Department of Sociology are encouraged to apply to our Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s program (ABM). This program is open to all sociology and medical sociology students that meet the criteria for admission. Other majors may also be accepted to the program on a case-by-case basis.

How it Works

To accelerate progress through the online M.A. in Applied Sociology degree program in the Department of Sociology, a limited number of graduate courses (up to 12 credit hours) may be counted as a sociology elective toward both the completion of the undergraduate degree and the master’s degree.



  • The Accelerated Master’s Program is for exceptional students. The accepted student will have:

    • an average GPA of 3.5 (or better) in SOC courses
    • an average GPA of 3.5 (or better) in all UAB courses
    • a minimum of 60 credit hours completed; 36 of these credit hours must have been taken at UAB

    Before applying, the student must meet with the sociology undergraduate program director and the master’s program director; students should also meet with a financial aid/scholarship advisor to determine the impact of ABM on their scholarships and/or aid award.

    Students will submit their ABM application through the UAB Graduate School’s online portal, which will include an application form, your transcript, 2 letters of recommendation, and a personal statement.

    Admission is determined by a committee chaired by the online sociology master’s program director and undergraduate program director.

  • To accelerate progress through the M.A. degree, twelve (12) credits of 500/600/700 level classes may be credited towards the B.A. in Sociology (and concentration in Social Psychology), or B.S. in Medical Sociology, and the M.A. degree in Applied Sociology.

    Additionally, several graduate level classes can substitute for required B.A./B.S. courses.

    Substitutions:

    • SOC 611: Observing the Social World → SOC 486: Qualitative Research Methods
    • SOC 613: Introduction to Applied Social Research Methods → SOC 484: Quantitate Research Methods
    • SOC 623: Applied Sociological Theory → SOC 407: Development of Sociological Theory
    • SOC 627: Applied Social Psychology → SOC 405: Mind, Self, and Society
    • B.A in Sociology:
      ABM students majoring in sociology (including the concentration in social psychology), can use any 500/600 level SOC course, with director approval, towards their elective hours for the B.A. in Sociology.
    • B.S. in Medical Sociology:
      For the B.S. in Medical Sociology, students can use 500/600 level SOC classes focusing on research methods and/or statistical analysis with director approval. In addition, ABM students obtaining the B.S. in Medical Sociology can take 700-level substantive medical sociology classes with permission of faculty.
  • Each student must develop a specific plan of study with the help and approval of the graduate program director and the undergraduate program director. Students must adhere to this plan of study while in the program. Changes to the course of study may be made with approval.

    The qualified sociology/medical sociology student may complete the ABM in five years without recourse to summer courses. Students may move faster or slower through the program depending upon a number of variables unique to their personal plan.

    To maintain status in the ABM program, the student must:

    • Maintain a 3.5 GPA average in SOC 100-400 level courses
    • Maintain a 3.0 GPA average in 500-600 level SOC courses
    • Maintain full-time student status at UAB

    Students will be withdrawn from the ABM program if they are unable to meet these requirements. If a student is withdrawn, they will retain credit for the courses already taken in the ABM program for either their undergraduate degree or their graduate degree based on the student’s preference.

    Once students complete their bachelor’s degree, they enter the M.A. in Applied Sociology program as a typical graduate student and must maintain the graduate program requirements.