Sociology M.A. (Ithaca)

Field of Study


Program Description

Master's degree candidates major in general sociology. Students in either degree program are expected to prepare themselves to undertake research both through formal course work and through apprenticeships in the ongoing research activities of the faculty.

Contact Information

Phone: 607 255-4266

316 Uris Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Concentrations by Subject

  • community & urban sociology
  • computational social science
  • culture (minor)
  • economy and society
  • gender
  • inequality and social stratification
  • methodology (minor)
  • organizations, work and occupations
  • policy analysis (minor)
  • political sociology/social movements
  • race, ethnicity and immigration
  • science, technology & medicine (minor)
  • social demography
  • social networks
  • social psychology (minor)
  • sociology of education
  • sociology of family
  • sociology of health and illness



Application Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

Fall, Jan. 15

Requirements Summary:

Applicants are required to submit GRE general test scores. A field brochure is available on request from the graduate field office.

  • all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam or IELTS Academic Exam for non-native English applicants
  • two recommendations
  • GRE general test
  • writing sample

Learning Outcomes

When students complete the Ph.D. in sociology, they should be able to

  1.  Conduct original, publishable research.
  2. Demonstrate a broad knowledge of theory and research in two sub-fields within the discipline.
  3. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge at the research frontier of one area of specialization.
  4. Write and speak effectively to professional and general audiences about issues in the field.
  5. Teach effectively: design a course, grade and comment on student work, lead discussion and lecture.