June 28, 2018

Online master’s in sociology program receives top ranking by bestcolleges.com

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sociology rankingThe University of Alabama at Birmingham online Master of Arts in applied sociology program has been ranked No. 1 by bestcolleges.com. Programs were reviewed for academic quality and affordability.

“Online learning means we can reach beyond the boundaries of our campus, offering our online M.A. students the same quality of instruction we deliver in the classroom,” said Verna Keith, Ph.D., professor and chair of the UAB Department of Sociology. “It is an excellent and affordable option for students unable to pursue traditional on-campus education because of family or career commitments.”

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, many careers within sociology are in high demand. Community service management careers — a common path for those with sociology degrees — is expected to grow 18 percent over the next 10 years.

The UAB Master of Arts in applied sociology degree program focuses on using sociology to help solve real-world problems. The program is designed for professionals such as educators seeking to expand their teaching and research skills and those working in the business or nonprofit sector who recognize that knowing more about social research can help build a better career.

“Our online master’s program focuses on applied sociology, on the ways in which the insights of our discipline can be put to immediate and practical use,” Keith said. “Our graduates teach at both the collegiate and high school levels, or work in leadership positions in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors.”

The fully online program can be completed in one year and consists of nine courses, with no GRE or GMAT required and no out-of-state tuition. Course topics range from consumer culture and healthcare delivery systems to research methods and applied social psychology and include a community-based capstone project.

The UAB Department of Sociology is housed within the UAB College of Arts and Sciences.

Visit UAB Online for a full list of online undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

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