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University of Massachusetts Boston

Boston , Massachusetts ,United States

Applied Sociology, BA/MA

Who?

  • Students are interested in social service or research-related careers in health care, criminal justice, substance abuse, public affairs and urban planning, business, law, or education. 
  • Students who wish to develop skills for research-related careers in those areas or pursue further graduate education.
  • A student who wishes to gain a graduate degree in less time than it would take to get separate bachelors and master's degrees. 

Intakes

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Application Processing Time in Days: 10

Application Process

More information Required
10 Days
Possible Interview Call from Institution
10 Days
Provisional/Unconditional Offer
20 Days
Visa Process
30 Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

PSW Opportunity

  • 12 to 36 months( OPT duration depends on the major studied)

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

BA/MA Admission Information

  • GPA minimum: 3.2
  • No GRE is required
  • Two letters of recommendation (one must be from a faculty member) from individuals acquainted with the applicant's interests who are qualified to evaluate one's potential for sustained graduate study in applied sociology.
  • If not a sociology major, at least 18 credits in undergraduate sociology or another social science field (i.e. psychology, anthropology) related to program objectives. 
  • A personal statement [1,200 words] on academic and career interests in applied sociology, including the applicant's desired area of specialization. 
  • An academic writing sample from a course in sociology or a related field. 

Bachelor's Degree

At the time of enrollment, a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution of recognized standing or an international equivalent.

Test Scores

  • Some programs require official GRE or GMAT test scores. Please review the program requirements to confirm.
  • Applicants who completed undergraduate coursework outside of the United States may be required to submit English proficiency test results, even if they are permanent residents or citizens of the U.S. 
  • UMass Boston’s institution code is 3924. We can only accept official score reports sent electronically or in hardcopy directly from the testing agency.
  • In accordance with Massachusetts state law, Office of Graduate Studies and Graduate Admissions policy permits residents of Massachusetts who have been diagnosed as developmentally disabled (including those with specific language disabilities, such as dyslexia, but not including those whose sole disability is blindness) to request a waiver of the requirement to submit GRE, GMAT, or MAT scores. To qualify for a waiver, an applicant must submit documentation of their disability. Some graduate programs require an alternative mode of assessment (e.g., a writing sample) in lieu of the standardized test score. For information, contact the Office of Graduate Studies and Graduate Admissions.