• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #601 (WUR) Baltimore Highlands, MD, United States
Broadly speaking, sociology is the study of society, social behavior, groups and social institutions. The field of Sociology at University of Maryland Baltimore County offers a range of distinctive theoretical perspectives and research techniques to investigate all aspects of the social world.  
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Topics of sociological research include social problems, social norms and deviance, social diversity, social change and inequality. Examples include the effects of divisions along ethnic, gender, age, and social class lines on access to health care, educational achievement, work and other social opportunities. Others focus on the analysis of the care of elders and children, human sexuality, medical care, poverty, crime, and social movements.

Program Overview

Undergraduate majors in Sociology at University of Maryland Baltimore County take courses in substantive areas of sociology, methods of sociological research, and sociological theory. This training equips them to understand the content and process of sociological research and to work in public, non-profit, and private organizations where those skills are useful. 

The knowledge of sociology is most useful for employment in health, social service, and educational organizations, and in personnel, human resources, and marketing departments of private businesses and public agencies. Sociology also provides appropriate training for graduate study in social sciences and many professional fields, including business, public and health administration, law, social work, medicine and education. At UMBC students can pursue graduate training in sociology, such as in the M.A. in Applied Sociology or in combined B.A./M.A. degree program.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Basic Concepts in Sociology
  • Methodology of Social Research
  • Analysis of Sociological Data
  • Sociological Theory
  • Social Problems in American Society
  • Diversity and Pluralism: An Interdisciplinary Perspective
  • Civic Agency and Social Entrepreneurship
  • Urban Sociology

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • A completed UMBC Undergraduate Admissions Application
  • A $75 nonrefundable application fee.
  • An official or attested copy of your current high school transcript/academic record including an English translation.
  • Official results of completion of state/national secondary school examinations.
  • A final high school transcript/leaving certificate upon completion of your senior year.
  • All non-native English speakers must submit official test scores

Tuition Fee

  • International

    24338 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12169 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    24338 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12169 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    8704 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4352 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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