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Financial Assistance







Korzeniewicz, Roberto P., Full Member

Graduate Director

Sayer, Liana, Full Member

Distinguished University Professor

Collins, Patricia Hill, Full Member

Presser, Harriet B., Full Member

Presser, Stanley, Full Member

Ritzer, George, Full Member


Chen, Feinian, Full Member

Cohen, Philip, Full Member

Desai, Sonalde B., Full Member

Finsterbusch, Kurt, Full Member

Fisher, Dana, Full Member

Korzeniewicz, Roberto P., Full Member

Lucas, Jeffrey, Full Member

Rendall, Michael, Full Member

Ritzer, George, Full Member

Sayer, Liana, Full Member

Vanneman, Reeve D., Full Member

Villarreal, Andres, Full Member

Yu, Wei-Hsin, Full Member

Associate Professor

Kahn, Joan R., Full Member

Kestnbaum, Meyer, Full Member

Kleykamp, Meredith, Full Member

Marsh, Kris, Full Member

Neustadtl, Alan, Full Member

Pease, John, Full Member

Assistant Professor

Park, Julie, Full Member

Prell, Christina, Full Member

Research Professor

Bachrach, Christine, Full Member

Das Gupta, Monica, Full Member

Affiliate Professor

Dill, Bonnie T., Full Member

Hofferth, Sandra L., Full Member

Lafree, Gary D., Full Member

Laub, John H., Full Member

Wilson, Laura B., Full Member

Zambrana, Ruth Enid, Full Member

Affiliate Associate Professor

Andrews, David L., Full Member

Madhavan, Sangeetha, Full Member

Affiliate Assistant Professor

Dinwiddie, Gniesha, Full Member


Moghadam, Linda L., Adjunct Member

Professor Emerita

Meeker, Barbara F., Full Member

Milkie, Melissa A., Full Member

Segal, Mady W., Full Member

Segal, David R., Full Member

Professor Emeritus

Clignet, Remi, Adjunct Member

Dager, Edward Z., Full Member

Falk, William W., Full Member

Hage, Jerald, Full Member

Kammeyer, Kenneth C.W., Full Member

Landry, L. Bartholomew, Full Member

Robinson, John P., Full Member

Associate Professor Emerita

Hunt, Janet G., Full Member

Associate Professor Emeritus

Hunt, Larry L., Full Member

Lengermann, Joseph J., Full Member

More SOCY Faculty Information

Sociology (SOCY)   

Program Title and Classification


Graduate Degree Program

College: Behavioral and Social Sciences


The Graduate Program in Sociology is designed for students seeking a Ph.D. degree. However, the M.A. option is available to students who either wish to obtain a master’s degree while continuing in the Ph.D. program, or who leave the program before finishing the PhD. Areas of emphasis in the Department include: demography; development; gender, work, and family; globalizing theory; military sociology; social psychology; and stratification.

Typically, about half the students finishing Ph.D. degrees in the Sociology Department work as faculty members at colleges and universities, and about half are working in research, administration, and consulting in federal, state, or private organizations. Our location in the Washington, D.C., area offers an unusual number of full-time research opportunities for our graduates.

Admissions Information

General Requirements:

Program-Specific Requirements:

  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE): Ph.D. only
  • CV/Resume
  • Supplemental Application (Ph.D. only)
  • Writing Sample (Ph.D. only)

Admission to the graduate program is based upon the student’s academic record, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, and other information relevant to the applicant’s chances of being successful in the program. Although a previous major in Sociology is not required, students entering the graduate program should have had the following in undergraduate courses: mathematics through college algebra, elementary statistics, sociological theory, and sociological research methods. Students who have completed prior graduate coursework in Sociology may petition to waive one or more courses in Social Theory, Statistics, or Research Methods. New graduate students are assigned temporary advisors upon arrival, and are then expected to select a permanent advisor who will direct their dissertation research. For consideration for departmental fellowships or assistantships, applications should be received by the preferred deadlines.

For more admissions information or to apply to the program, please visit our Graduate School website:

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant Fall
Domestic Applicants:
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
4 Jan
International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
4 Jan

Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at

Degree Requirements

Master of Arts (M.A.)

The graduate program in the Department of Sociology is designed for Ph.D. students. We do not offer a terminal Masters program and we will not accept or enroll students for the single purpose of acquiring a Masters degree. However, doctoral students may obtain a Master of Arts degree during their course of doctoral study by completing 30 credit hours, including 1) two courses in statistics (6 cr.); 2) one in methodology (3 cr.); 3) one in theory (3 cr.); 4) one computer skills course (1 cr.); 5) one course in proposal development (3 cr.); 6) an original research paper completed in the fourth semester (3 cr.).


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Core Requirements

Doctoral students are required to complete a total of 56 credits including 12 credits of SOCY 899: Doctoral Dissertation Research. In addition, students must complete a Second-Year Research Paper and pass two specialty exams.


SOCY 616: Sociology Pro-Seminar (1 credit)

SOCY 620: Development of European and American Sociological Theory (3 credits)

Social Theory course (3 credits)

SOCY 601: Statistics For Sociological Research I (3 credits)

SOCY 602: Statistics For Sociological Research II (3 credits)

SOCY 699D: Special Social Problems (3 credits)

Advanced statistic course or a research methods course (3 credits)

SOCY 699C: Special Social Problems (3 credits)

Statistical Techniques course (3 credits)

Specialization courses (18 credits)


After completion of the coursework, doctoral students must pass two examinations qualifying them to write their dissertations in the specialties of their choice. Upon the recommendation of the appropriate faculty members, the Department Graduate Committee approves the coursework qualifying students to take the two examinations.


Facilities and Special Resources

In addition to these programs, the department is closely involved with the following research centers: the Center for Research on Military Organization, the Maryland Population Research Center (MPRC), the Center for Innovation, and the Program for Society and the Environment. Collectively, these centers account for over five million dollars in annual research funding. The Department is also affiliated with an interdisciplinary Joint Program on Survey Methods (JPSM). The campus has excellent computer facilities and computer resources are available to faculty and graduate students.

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance for graduate students is available through teaching and research assistantships, and for advanced students through part-time instructorships. We also have several special fellowships for outstanding applicants that provide additional support tailored to the applicants needs. All carry a stipend plus tuition remission, and most include health benefits.

Contact Statement

Applications materials may be found at:

All application materials should be submitted either electronically or by mail to this address: University of Maryland College Park Enrollment Services Operations (ESO) Applications for Graduate Admission Room 0130 Mitchell Building College Park, MD 20742



Liana Sayer, Director of Graduate Studies

2112 Art-Sociology Building

College Park, MD, 20742

Telephone: (301) 405-6390

Fax: (301) 314-6892


Beth Floyd, Graduate Coordinator

2112 Art-Sociology Building

College Park, MD, 20742

Telephone: (301) 405-6390

Fax: (301) 314-6892


Associated Information




Demography; Gender, Work, and Family; Military Sociology; Development; Stratification; Social Psychology; Globalizing Theory; Sociology UMD; University of Maryland Department of Sociology