Combined Bachelor/Master of Arts in Sociology
The 5-year combined BA/MA program in Sociology is designed to support the advancement of talented students who desire to further their training in applied social science research but are not ready to commit to a PhD program. The program seeks to provide an intensive exposure to the research experience, participation in small, graduate-level seminars, academic and professional direction, and engagement in developing and completing a substantive sociological project.
The curriculum is structured to allow academically talented students to complete both their undergraduate and graduate degrees in five years. During the 4th and 5th year in the program students will be required to complete thirty credits of graduate level course work. The program includes a minimum of three methods coursework and professional seminars that will train students in methodological and research strategies. Students will be exposed to the debates and issues addressed by key substantive areas of the discipline and guided as they design, develop, and carry out a research project. A two semester pro-seminar will provide practical tools that will better enable them to pursue their future professional goals and an optional research internship
Students who demonstrate outstanding performance in both their statistics and research methods courses (SOCY201, SOCY202, and their intermediate research requirement) and substantive Sociology coursework will be encouraged to apply. The program will accept applications from Sociology majors at the beginning of their junior year. For best consideration for admission, students will have at least a 3.5 GPA in the major. Eligible students will begin taking coursework during their fourth year, and upon completion of their B.A. requirements will apply to the Graduate School for admission.
The BA/MA program is separate from the Ph.D. program. No expectation of admission to that program should be assumed for students enrolled in the 5 year BA/MA program. Please contact Dr. Brian Connor, Lecturer and Program Director of the BA/MA program, at bconnor [at] umd.edu for more questions or concerns.