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Master in Sociology

Serve the city and your community with a graduate degree in sociology. The Sociology program from Portland State University will challenge you to improve people’s daily lives and society more broadly through community engagement and policy-relevant research.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: 1 year
Starting in: September
Tuition Fee: $698 per credit
Location: Portland Campus (Portland, United States)

The challenging Sociology program from Portland State University supports you from your first term through graduation and on into competitive careers in the field. Students work closely with faculty to learn research skills in their coursework as well as through thesis and dissertation research projects (Ph.D. program only).

In your courses, you will learn to integrate theory with a variety of quantitative and qualitative methodological approaches. You will study the dynamics of human behavior and social interaction in areas such as medical sociology, environmental sociology, education, criminology, and sociology of gender.

The research-active faculty teach classes on a wide range of topics with specific emphasis on issues related to social inequalities. You can work closely with faculty on community-based research projects that identify ways to improve the lives and economic well-being of your neighbors. Our partners include community organizations, schools, state and city agencies, and hospitals, and medical research centers.


The graduates have gone on to teach at colleges and universities or work in applied research.

Graduates with Sociology MS degrees find positions in applied research or other positions requiring M.S.-level qualifications. Students graduating with a Ph.D. from our program find positions as faculty members at colleges and universities or take research focused jobs in the public or private sectors.

The graduates are helping create meaningful change as researchers in the private and public sectors, including Research Into Action, Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research, Veterans Affairs, OHSU, the State of Oregon, and Multnomah County’s Division of Community Justice. Graduates of our Ph.D. program hold faculty positions at Western Oregon University, Lewis and Clark, Western New Mexico University, Pacific University, and Escuela de Salud Pública de la Universidad del Valle.


Courses Included

  • Qualitative Data Analysis
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Theoretical Perspectives in Sociology
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Gender Inequality
  • Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Methods