Department of Sociology College of Arts and Sciences Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Department of Sociology College of Arts and Sciences Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Stony Brook, NY
student ratio
Not Reported
total students
average amount to complete degree
January 15
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
2 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


Top-Ranked Graduate Programs in Sociology at Stony Brook University

Ranked among the top 50 graduate programs in sociology by "U.S. News and World Report," the sociology graduate program at Stony Brook University examines social, economic, political, and cultural processes from a global perspective.

The Department of Sociology at Stony Brook University offers both a master's degree and a Ph.D. program. Applicants interested in Ph.D. degree should apply directly into that program.

Master's Degree Program in Sociology

Students in the Master of Arts in Sociology program must complete 2 consecutive semesters of full-time study while achieving a 3.0 grade point average. They are required to complete 30 credit hours of coursework and write a master's thesis.

Coursework examines medicine in society, social change, the sociology of deviance, environmental sociology, global issues in the U.N., social psychology, the sociology of technology, and a vast array of other topics.

Doctor of Philosophy Program in Sociology

Students may pursue the Ph.D. in Sociology on a full-time or part-time basis. However, part-time students must be able to be on campus during normal business hours.

The program's curriculum includes 4 designated courses: 2 in sociological theory and 3 in research methods. Of the 10 remaining courses, one must provide additional methodological training.

Professional Competence Options

Doctoral students have 2 options for completing the first half of the program, which enables them to work in special fields and on their dissertations.

In option 1, students take comprehensive examinations to determine their competencies in a broad range of sociological concepts. After they pass the examinations, all students must submit a research report that demonstrates their capacity to analyze empirical data and present their findings in a clear, systematic fashion.

Students may instead choose option 2, which requires them to write 2 papers that show competence in at least 2 substantive areas. The papers must also demonstrate students' theoretical/empirical and analytical skills.

Ph.D. students must also teach at least one course, pass oral examinations in their areas of study, and write dissertation proposals. The program culminates with students completing and successfully defending their dissertations, which must be based on original research.

Conferences, Seminars, and Colloquia

The Department of Sociology provides conferences, seminars, and colloquia that cover a number of contemporary and historical topics. These activities give students the opportunity to engage in dialogues and debates that are relevant to social systems in a global environment.

Seminar topics include citizenship and immigration, gender and law, and sociology of culture. Colloquia in the past have focused on a wide variety of subjects such as global grant making, gender inequality, racial stratification, and social movements.

Expert Faculty

Graduate students learn from professors who have extensive knowledge of sociological concepts and are experts in their areas of study. Please check faculty profiles for their research and teaching interests on the department's website,

Financial Aid for Stony Brook Graduate Students

Stony Brook University provides teaching, research, and graduate assistantships and tuition scholarships for graduate students. The university also offers fellowships, and maintains a list of external fellowships that helps students identify additional sources of funding.

Graduate students may also be eligible to receive federal student loans.

The Graduate Student Organization

The Graduate Student Organization (GSO) was established to protect the rights of graduate students and support them in their efforts to earn their degrees. The GSO supports a wide-range of services and programs that help graduate students, including a legal clinic, a tax clinic, student clubs, recreational programs, a speaker series, and cultural events.

Graduate Student Services

Stony Brook provides apartments for graduate students, including those who have families.

The Office of Commuter Services helps commuter students by maintaining Commuter Commons, a lounge that includes comfortable seating areas, desks, and wireless Internet access. It also hosts receptions like Commuter Connections, a monthly gathering where commuter students can obtain information and connect with university staff and fellow students.

Graduate students who have children might consider enrolling them in Stony Brook University's childcare center.

About Stony Brook University

Established in 1957, Stony Brook University is located in Stony Brook, New York, on Long Island's north shore in the northeastern region of the United States. The university offers to more than 24,000 students a wide-range of academic programs and a full array of academic services, recreational opportunities, clubs and organizations, cultural offerings, and support services.

Furthermore, Long Island has an abundance of beautiful beaches and parks, cultural venues, restaurants, entertainment options, and shopping outlets that offer students endless hours of recreation and fun. Because the university is only 60 miles east of vibrant New York City, students are just a short commute from a myriad of cultural and recreational opportunities.

Its commitment to providing excellent academic programs, advanced research, and comprehensive support services has earned Stony Brook University a ranking on the "U.S. News and World Report" 2010 list of the top 100 national universities in the country.

Location & Contact

Department of Sociology

College of Arts and Sciences
Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Nicolls Road
Stony Brook, NY 11794
United States

Dr. John Shandra


Phone: 631-632-7755
Fax: 631-632-8203

Wanda Vega


Phone: 631-632-7730
Fax: 631-632-8203

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Sociology Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Arts (MA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 7
    • Doctoral Degrees 6
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Not reported
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


23% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 73
    • Accepted 27
    • Acceptance Rate 23
    • Enrolled 12
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $100
    • Application Fee - International $100
    • Electronic applications accepted? Not Reported
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 15th Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline October 1st Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test, minimum GPA of 3.0
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & Fees$4,685
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableResearch Assitantships, Teaching Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students57
    • Female Percentage65%
    • Male Percentage35%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students57
    • Part-time Percentage5%
    • Full-time Percentage95%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino3%
    • Black / African American6%
    • White / Caucasian78%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian8%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races6%
    • Unknown-1%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty22
    • Full-time Percentage91%
    • Part-time Percentage9%
    • Female Percentage50%
    • Male Percentage50%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchDeviant behavior, history of sociology/social thought, marriage and family sociology, political sociology
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$36,926